Lynne E Blackwood
Lynne E Blackwood began writing in April 2012 after illness terminated her professional activity as a community project development consultant working with women asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. Her writing is drawn from a long life rich in emotions and events, and also stories from the people she has been privileged to meet and listen to.
Her Anglo-Indian (Parsi) descent and emotional heritage play strongly in writing sensitivities, reflecting a mosaic of experiences and cultures. Lynne is currently incorporating fact with fiction and creating an anthology of short stories based on her Scottish/Anglo-Indian family history and memories.
Her character-driven crime novel Rings of Chalk set in contemporary Republic of Georgia, where she used to work at the fall of the Soviet Union, is in the final stages of editing.
She also wrote a first full-length play, IF which was much appreciated by local audiences in June 2014 and is now projecting to develop another play in collaboration with a local organisation.
A year ago, Lynne was awarded an Arts Council grant for Professional Development based on numerous pieces of work that have been shortlisted, highly commended and longlisted nationally.
The grant is coming to an end and she is dedicating all her time to writing and editing to complete a collection of poems for a pamphlet and finish her novel. Lynne admits to having a penchant for performance and will be exploring avenues to develop this aspect of her literary creativity.
Her short story Clickety-Click was published in anthology Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories, edited by Jacob Ross and published on the Inscribe imprint of Peepal Tree Press (2015).