I have been writing for 20+ years, publishing many short stories in mainstream and small press magazines. My first novel, ‘Consider the Lilies’ won the Impress novel prize 2007 and was published by Impress books. It has recently been adapted for the stage by Clare Girvan. My second novel ‘Mere’ is to be published by Thunderpoint Books in May 2018. My writing heavily features place, specifically the area of West Lancashire where I live and the coastal area of North Wales. I have also written a biography of thalidomide Liverpool comedian Gary Skyner which was published in 2017 and a non-fiction book, Skelmersdale: The Making of a New Town which details the events leading up to the designation of Skelmersdale as the first of the Mark 2 new towns. I hold PhD in Creative Writing from Edge Hill university and am a member of their Narrative Research Group. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and contribute book reviews to the journal on a fairly regular basis. I live in Skelmersdale and take a keen interest in the locality.
Contemporary fiction, local history
Publications & Performance History
Consider the Lilies, Impress Books 2007 Various reviews between 2008-2018 Journal: Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Skelmersdale: A New Town in the Making, self published 2016 Mere, Thunderpoint Books 2018
Workshop & Reading Experience
Tutor annually at Caerleon and Fishguard Writers’ Holiday between 2015-2017. Creative writing tutor for Chapel Gallery Ormskirk, 2015-2016 Creative writing facilitator at Burscough Community Farm’s ‘Cultivate’ arts project 2018 Workshop leader on publishing and getting an agent at Chorley Literary festival in April 2018. Competition judge annually for Writing on the wall’s Pulp Fiction competition, Liverpool, 2010 – ongoing. Competiton judge for the Impress Novel Prize, Exeter, 2015 Competition judge for Lancashire Authors Association, 2016-2018 Filter judge for the Edge Hill short story prize, annually from 2014 -ongoing. readings given at various libraries and Bluecoat gallery liverpool on publication of Consider the Lilies. readings also given at the Continental Preston. and many other venues.
Professor Ailsa Cox Department of English Edge Hill university St Helens Road, Ormskirk email: email@example.com
Group size preference
12 max for workshop, otherwise no limit.
Group age preference
Area prepared to travel
West Lancashire, Merseyside, Lancashire