Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Her latest novel ‘Pondweed’ is out now in hardback with Myriad Editions, and already receiving rave reviews.
Her debut short story collection ‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’ has just been longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize 2020, and features ‘Broken Crockery‘ (winner of The Guardian’s National Short Story competition, 2009), ‘Barmouth‘ (shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, 2013), ‘Dirty Laundry’, ‘Hoops’, (Highly Commended and long-listed for the Bridport Prize), and ‘Abdul’ (long-listed for The Sunday Times Short Story Award, 2018).
Her debut novel ‘Sitting Ducks’ (Fair Acre Press) 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. Her work of memoir ‘A Pear in a Tin of Peaches‘ on growing up in Stoke on Trent features in the critically acclaimed ‘Common People‘ (ed) Kit De Waal.
She was the first writer in residence at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery where she completed ‘Green Blind’ – a re-visioning of Mary Webb’s ‘Gone to Earth’, and holds a PhD from Bangor University in Creative & Critical Writing where she taught for 9 years. Lisa is Senior Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing at Wolverhampton University where she continues to champion working class fictions and regional voices. She lives in Shropshire.