Fellow at De Montfort University, 2009-12
Susan Price was born, and still lives, in the Black Country. She was uneducated at a large comprehensive school, which she left with a few O levels and a publishing contract with Faber, signed by her father, because she was under-age. She has earned her living by writing ever since, producing over fifty-two books, everything from Goldilocks to
The Sterkarm Handshake, a novel for young adults which has 'crossed-over' to be read
by adults. Her several awards include the Carnegie Medal for The Ghost Drum, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for The Sterkarm Handshake. While always writing, Susan has worked as a shelf-filler and cashier in a supermarket, washed up in a hotel kitchen, been a guide at the Black Country Museum, and taught creative writing. For ten years
she volunteered as a tutor with an adult literacy group. At nineteen, she had her first public-speaking gig, and since then has given talks at schools, libraries, universities and festivals
all over the country, and even some foreign parts. She has recently begun self-publishing her own books, and is a founder member and organiser of Electric Authors, a multi-blog which exists to help its authors publicise their books.