Babs Horton

Novelist, Short-story writer

Babs Horton is an award-winning novelist. Her first book A Jarful of Angels (Simon & Schuster, 2003) won the Pendleton May prize and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club first novel award. Dandelion Soup was published in 2004, Wildcat Moon in 2006 and Recipes for Cherubs in 2009. She was a contributor to Beryl Cook: 1926–2008 (University of Plymouth Press, 2009) and her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies worldwide.

Babs was born in Tredegar, south Wales, and brought up in London in a variety of pubs. She attended seven different schools, eventually moving to Plymouth where she graduated from the College of St Mark & St John. She was a teacher for many years, working with children with behaviour problems. For 10 years she taught English in an adolescent unit for students with mental-health problems, and she is a firm believer in the power of literature in soothing the troubled mind. Since then she has worked as an RLF Fellow at the University of Plymouth, and as an associate lecturer and learning development adviser. She regularly visits schools, universities and libraries giving lively workshops on creative writing, literacy and essay writing. She also works with looked-after children.

Last year she was involved in the Immersive Writing pilot scheme at the University of Plymouth. Funded by Literature Works she has been running a Young Writing squad who have just published their first anthology. Currently she is working on a new novel The Emporium of Dreams and her almost-reliable memoir Holy Mackerel.

Babs Horton


Babs is a Consultant Fellow offering writing workshops and related activities.


University of Plymouth 2007-09