Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. She won The Guardian’s National Short Story competition in 2009, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013, has been Highly Commended and long-listed for the Bridport Prize for three consecutive years, and was one of just 4 UK authors long-listed for The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018. Her work has appeared in various presses including The Guardian, Comma Press, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. Her debut short story collection ‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’ (Myriad Editions, 2019) has received wonderful reviews.
Lisa’s acclaimed debut novel ‘Sitting Ducks’ (Fair Acre Press) was called “Raw and visceral with such a strong voice, very alive,” by Kit De Waal; “Angry, belligerent and bracing,” by 6Music broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie. It was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize, and long-listed for The Guardian Not the Booker 2016, The Rubery Award 2016 and The People’s Book Prize 2016.
She was the first writer in residence at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery where she completed ‘Green Blind’, her second novel, and is currently working on her third novel ‘Pondweed.’ Her work of memoir ‘A Pear in a Tin of Peaches’ on growing up in Stoke on Trent features in ‘Common People‘ (ed) Kit De Waal.
Lisa holds a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing (Bangor, 2011) and is a lecturer in Creative Writing. She also hosted the first Working Class Fictions as a Creative Practice module in a UK university.