Judith Allnatt is the author of four published novels. A Mile of River was a Radio 5 Live book of the month and was shortlisted for the Portico prize for literature. The Poet’s Wife was shortlisted for the East Midlands book award. The Moon Field, a war novel published to acclaim in 2014, was described as ‘deeply and genuinely moving’ by The Times. Over a range of historical periods, a strong interest in threatened identities runs through Judith’s work: the madness of the nineteenth-century poet John Clare, the isolation of soldiers suffering facial disfigurement in the Great War, and in her latest novel, The Silk Factory, the haunting loss of a twin. Judith was brought up on a farm and her writing has also been praised for its close observation of the natural world and for its lyrical quality.
Judith’s poetry has been longlisted in the National poetry competition and short stories have featured in the Bridport prize anthology, the Commonwealth short story awards and on BBC Radio 4. Judith has worked in the literature field for over twenty-five years, lecturing on Creative Writing for universities, mentoring writers at every stage of development and working as a public speaker, panellist and chairperson for festivals and conferences. She has worked widely with museums, galleries and heritage sites as a writer in residence. She is a trustee of the regional arts body, Writing East Midlands.
Judith lives with her family in rural Northamptonshire where she enjoys walking and working on new writing projects.