Livi Michael

Children's writer, Novelist

Livi Michael has published four novels for adults: Under a Thin Moon, which won the Arthur Welton award in 1992; Their Angel Reach, which won the Faber prize in 1995; All the Dark Air (1997), which was shortlisted for the Mind award; and Inheritance, which won a Society of Authors award. Frank and the Black Hamster of Narkiz, her first novel for children, was shortlisted for the 2003 Brandford Boase first novel award. Her subsequent title The Whispering Road won a Nestlé bronze award and was chosen by Borders USA for its book of the month in May 2005. Her last book for Puffin Faerie Heart was published in 2009.

In 2012 she was commissioned to write the story of the Pendle witches for children, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the witchcraft trials in Lancaster. The resulting book Malkin Child was selected as the Lancashire Read 2012.Livi has also published two books for younger children with Orchard Books: 43 Bin Street and Seventeen Times as High as the Moon.

Livi has two sons and lives in Greater Manchester. She teaches literature part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a senior lecturer in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Livi is eternally grateful for the support she received from the Royal Literary Fund while working on her novel Succession, which is published by Penguin Random House (2014).

Livi Michael

Fellowships

Lancaster University 2012/13
University of Leeds, Environment 2010-12