“Lisa Blower creates strong characters and gives a timely voice to the legions of people struggling to regain a sense of purpose, pride and community” Richard Lakin, Structo
“Sitting Ducks is a fast paced novel riven with a dark, sardonic humour. A genuine pleasure to read.” Ellen Bell, The New Welsh Review
“A smart, funny, punch novel.” Danuta Kean, Mslexia
“A book that wears its politics heavily, and is all the better for it.This book should make you angry.” Contemporary Small Press
Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist with a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing (Bangor University, 2011) where she taught on their creative writing programme for 5 years. She won The Guardian’s National Short Story competition in 2009, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and has been Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize 2015. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4.
Her debut novel ‘Sitting Ducks’ is out now with Fair Acre Press. It has been longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker 2016, The Rubery Award 2016 and The People’s Book Prize 2016. Lisa has also just completed her first short story collection ‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’ which draws heavily upon her early childhood in Stoke on Trent. She regularly hosts creative writing workshops on short fiction and continues to pursue her academic research into female autobiographical practices, working class fictions, and the short story form. She was the first writer in residence at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery where she drew inspiration from the exhibition ‘Treasures: The Literature and Landscapes of Mary Webb’ to write a contemporary reimagining of Mary Webb’s ‘Gone to Earth’. ‘Green Blind’ will be her second novel. She lives in Shrewsbury.