South West Writers

About the Author

I’m a writer, journalist, blogger, creative practitioner and founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival.

My first book, Greta and Boris: A daring rescue was published by Our Street in 2013. Written for 7-11 year olds, it tells the magical story of Greta and her missing cat Boris.

Since then, I’ve self-published a collection of short fiction called The Boys on the Bus which is available on the Kindle. My short fiction has been published in charity collections, by Halcyon magazine and Visual Verse.

I’m currently working on a novel set in 1920s Paris featuring Gertrude Stein and her circle. Called The Red Deeps, in 2016 it was long listed for the prestigious Lucy Cavendish prize.

My journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, and the I. I’m a regular book reviewer for Open Democracy and my book reviews have been published in 3am magazine and the Music & Literature journal. My blog, sianandcrookedrib has been running since 2007 and I’m the co-editor of the Read Women project.

In 2013 I launched the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, programming a second series of events in 2015.

Since Greta and Boris was published I’ve run a variety of creative writing workshops for young people. I’ve also spoken at and chaired at numerous literary events included Bristol Festival of Ideas and Emerald Street Literature Festival.

Recent Publications

The Holiday , Halcyon Lit Mag
Kindle , Halcyon Lit Mag

Current Events/Projects

Bristol Women's Literature Festival Founder & Director
Read Women Co-editor
Bristol Festival of Ideas Speaker
Young People's Festival of Ideas Chair
Colston Hall Children's Festival Workshop Co-ordinator

Awards and Residencies

Lucy Cavendish Prize , Longlisted

Available For


Events chairing

Creative writing workshops for young children and older students

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