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Laura Wilkinson

I grew up in a Welsh market town. I read voraciously as a child (and still do) and told many tales, but never got as far as writing any of them down, unless ordered to do so by my English teacher. After school, the hedonistic delights of Manchester beckoned and here I studied for a BA in Literature. Since then I have steadily made my way south, working freelance as a journalist, editor and copywriter, before turning to fiction. I’m mother to two ginger boys.

I learn so much about the world from the books I read, especially novels. Writers I admire are too numerous to mention here, but contemporary authors whose work inspires and awes me consistently include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood.

Around six years ago I started writing fiction. I have had published short stories in a handful of magazines, anthologies and digital media. My novel, BloodMining, is published by Bridge House, a small publishing company based in Manchester; it won a debut novel competition.

At the moment I’m working as an editor for literary consultancy, Cornerstones, and as a mentor in a school close to my home in a never-to-be-chic area of Brighton. My current work-in-progress is set against the backdrop of the 1984/85 miners’ strike.