South West Writers

Marion Molteno



About the Author

Marion Molteno is a prize-winning author of four novels and a collection of short stories, all of which have been widely praised, and an educationist with wide experience of work in multi-ethnic communities, in the UK and internationally. She is based in the South West (near the Dorset/Wiltshire border) but her fiction reflects her wide international experience. She is also an accomplished and engaging speaker.

Uncertain light, her latest novel, will be released in June 2015, and we will be submitting it for several major prizes. It draws on thirteen years of working for Save the Children in some of the poorest parts of Asia and Africa, and vividly evokes each of the places the story moves through. It begins when rebels abduct an inspirational UN peace negotiator in the mountains of Tajikistan, then follows those closest to him as they deal with the impact of his loss, weaving the strands of their interlocking lives into an absorbing story of intimacy, hard choices and courage. For a preview, and responses by early readers go to:

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Recent Publications

'Uncertain light' , Advance Editions , 2015
'The sound of my moving pen' edited volume of Ralph Russell's translations of the Urdu poet Ghalib , Roti Books , 2015
'Somewhere more simple' (set on the Isles of Scilly) , Longstone Books , 2007

Awards and Residencies

If You Can Walk, You Can Dance, won a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for the best book in the Africa region.
A Shield Of Coolest Air, set among Somali asylum seekers, won the David Thomas award.

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Contact Details

Hector MacDonald

Advance Editions

07973 164205