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Frederick Lightfoot lives and works in West Cumbria.Hhe was educated at Sussex University where he studied English and Drama. He has worked as a lecturer in English, Drama and Creative Writing. He has also worked as a qualified general and psychiatric nurse. He has run drama workshops for people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health problems. He currently works as an educationalist in End of Life Care, parts of which involve working with actors to develop communication skills for staff and running workshops for people with advanced illness using narrative. He divides his time equally between writing and his teaching commitment.



Literary Fiction


Publications & Performance History

Migrants (2005) Immigrants (2007) Cry / Swans (Two novels under one cover (2008) Fetish and other stories (2009) My name is E (2011)

Workshop & Reading Experience

Has run creative writing workshops in schools, Further Education colleges and hospice settings. Run drama workshops, particularly for people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health problems. Readings in libraries, festivals, launch events, prisons and with book clubs.


Mike Gregson. West Lakes College, Workington, Cumbria.

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About his writing. Strong engaged narratives dealing with important issues coupled with powerful poetic writing mark Lightfoot’s style. A review in The Journal stated that he restored hope in the future of prose. Moira Forsyth reviewing Fetish described the stories as extraordinary and gripping. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Stand, Oasis, Nothwords and he was the winner of the Skrev Press short story competition. His novels have been universally acclaimed.