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Millie Murray
Millie Murray
Fellow at University of East London, 1999-2001

Fellow, peripatetic, 2001/02

Project Fellow, 2002-04

Fellow at University of East London, 2006-11

Millie Murray was born in 1958 to Jamaican parents. She has lived all of her life in the east of London. Millie's greatest desire was to be an actress. Yet, on leaving school at 16, she began to train as a Cadet Nurse, and worked as a nurse for the next eleven years in the fields of general nursing and psychiatry. Millie joined the Black Theatre Cooperative in 1982, and she wrote and performed in many of their variety productions throughout London.

In 1984, she began to live her dream by beginning a two year performing arts course at Barking College of Technology. Unfortunately during a dance class she tore her Achilles tendon. Her desire to be an actress took a blow - so Millie began to write.

Her first attempt at short story writing was published in the 1986 anthology Watchers and Seekers entitled The Escape. Many other short stories followed, including A Passage of Time which was written for the Radio Four programme Caribbean Drift. In 1987 Millie wrote her first teenaged novel Keisha, published by the Women's Press. She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary for the Book. Millie's second book Lady A A Teenaged DJ was published the following year. She has continued to write teenage fiction but has also written two non-fiction books for adults, entitled Addicted (1995 with Steve Derbyshire) and Tough Talk (2000).

Millie has written for the BBC 2 Comedy sketch show The Real McCoy. She was the creator and co-writer for the popular Radio Four comedy sketch show The Airport, which was nominated for Best Comedy of the Year in 1992. Jade, Millie's current book was published in 2000. This is about teenage pregnancy, which has proved to be not only topical but very popular and has already been reprinted. Her forthcoming novel Lots will be published by Scripture Union in February 2003. Millie lives with her husband and two sons in Essex, just on the outskirts of East London.

Project Fellowship
Newham Community Education and Youth Services (N.E.W.C.E.Y.S) and Studio 3 Arts are two organisations that Millie Murray has been working with in the London Boroughs of Newham, and Barking and Dagenham, respectively. She works mainly in secondary schools facilitating workshops in Creative writing and motivational encouragement, with students from years 7 to 12. Many of these students speak English as a second language.

In Barking she is running a reminiscence project in a Day Care centre for the elderly which entails recording past events of their lives in various ways; written and orally. The project also includes local school children working alongside the elderly residents in a combine effort to forge links between the different ages.

In Canning Town-Newham, she has embarked upon a Family Literary project working with parents and children of between 6-10 years. This involves developing confidence-building skills in writing presentation.

Keisha:  'Immediate, accessible, warm and honest . . . a must.' NATE News

Lady A:  'Superb .. It is a both poignant and at the same time hilariously funny . . . an excellent novel.' School Librarian

Cairo Hughes:  'Riotous and down-to-earth. Punchy and accessible.' School Librarian

Jade One:  'By of the foremost writers of teenage fiction.' Caribbean Times

Jade One:  'A racey good read .. the novel deserves full marks.' Book for Keeps.