Please don’t speak to me before I’ve had a cup of tea in the morning. Just saying …
I hail from Northern Ireland and grew up in a small seaside town, Donaghadee, famous for its lighthouse, ice-cream, and an edible seaweed called Dulse – no, you don’t want to try it. Do try the ice-cream from The Cabin though – available in any flavour as long as it’s vanilla.
I’ve moved around a bit since the age of 18 – Berlin in Germany, a hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales in England, County Mayo in the West of Ireland, the Green Perigord in France, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. In the summer of 2017, I started a sabbatical from teaching, returned to Northern Ireland and am living by the seaside once again.
I started writing fiction in 2011-ish and now have a long list of published short stories, essays, interviews and reviews, plus some awards and prizes including the Bath Short Story Award (see the tabs above). A novel took up too much of my time during a maternity break and although a handful of agents showed some interest, no one felt strongly enough about it to take a chance on me. A demanding job as Head of English at a huge Emirati high school left me no time for writing (or much else) recently, so I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year I rekindle my creativity. Editing my short stories and bundling them into a collection is the first task.
The blog was somewhat neglected in 2016 and totally ignored in 2017, but I have fresh ideas as to where I might go with it in 2018. Onwards and upwards!
Contact Details: Twitter:@SafiaMoore – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org