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Avril Joy

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I was born and grew up in the West Country - on the Somerset Levels which became the setting for my first novel The Sweet Track. Although I now live in the North East, and have done for over twenty years, I still think of myself as a west- country girl although rarely do people detect an accent.

When I was 18 I left home for the University of East Anglia to study for a BA in the History of Art. I loved it there - I loved (still do love) Norwich and I felt at home in the big flat landscape that surrounds it with its immense Constable skies. After four years in East Anglia I moved to London where I worked as a social worker and later as a teacher.

Shortly after moving north I went travelling (backpacking) with friends for a year to India, Nepa...more


Very excited to be looking at mocked-up covers for my Millie and Bird short story collection and very fortunate to have the permission of artist Barbara Skingle to use her painting Katherine and Millie, which inspired my Costa winning story, as the cover image. I have also been trying to write my version of the blurb and bio for the back of the book – it’s great to have this degree of involveme... Read more of this blog post »
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