Shanta Everington is a creative writer working across a range of forms, including fiction, poetry and life writing. Much of Shanta’s writing explores recurring themes of difference, identity and belonging. Her debut novel, Marilyn and Me (Cinnamon Press, 2007), is narrated by a young woman with a learning disability who models herself on Marilyn Monroe. Her young adult novel, XY (Red Telephone Books, 2014), is set in a dystopian world where humans are born intersex with gender assigned at birth. Her short story, ‘Hang Up’, focusing on a helpline call, was shortlisted for the Bridport prize. Shanta was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing with the Open University, with her life- writing project, Other Mothers, curating and creating stories of adoption, surrogacy and egg donation. A hybrid form combines interview material and creative responses, with a poetry sequence from the project shortlisted for the 2019 Cinnamon Literature award. Shanta teaches Creative Writing with the Open University, and previously with the University of East London and the Brilliant Club, and has taught Maths and English in Alternative Provision for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Her additional experience in the charity sector feeds into her interest in socially engaged writing. Shanta has co-authored mathematics text books for Pearson and published freelance writing in Disability Now and Rough Guides to Accessible Britain. Shanta lives in Leigh-on-Sea with her two sons and two cats.
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus 2021/22