Lucy English



Lucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She has a BA in American and English literature from the University of East Anglia and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), Children of Light (1999) and Our Dancing Days (2000). She is currently working on a novel set in Siberia.

Lucy is a reader in creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has also run writing workshops for the Arvon Foundation and the New Writing Partnership. Lucy is also a performance poet. She has toured India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Taiwan for the British Council and has been featured at many literature festivals including at Austin, Texas, Cheltenham, Hay-on-Wye and Edinburgh. She was a finalist in the BBC Radio 4 poetry slam. Time Out described her poetry as ‘Witty, sharp and bitter sweet’. The List called her ‘The hippy chick love mother sex goddess’. Her collaborative multimedia spoken show, Flash,toured the UK in 2011 and 2012. This was sponsored by the Arts Council, as is Count Me In, a spoken-word show that goes on the road in the UK in 2014.

Lucy English
Image credit: Dory English 2003

Lucy English



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  • Swansea University, 2011–2012
  • University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, 2007–2009
  • Swansea University, 2003–2007
  • Consultant Fellow