I was born in the South West of England and at the beginning of my life lived in Libya. When I revisited Africa a few years ago, away from the tourist trail, I saw that women still beat their laundry over stones at wells. Imagine having to do this whilst trying to feed a family and ensure they get some semblance of an education. The children often have to walk for miles, whilst we stand and moan about the frequency of public transport.
Am I politically motivated? Possibly. For sure, I feel privileged to have been born a western woman, at liberty to pursue my goal of becoming a writer.
For those of you who are serious about becoming published, The Bristol Short Story Prize is a good place to start. Emily Bullock’s ‘brilliant My Girl’ will knock your head off. The standard of the other winning entries will encourage you to really stretch your writing skills to the limit.
In my spare time I enjoy writing poetry, prose, short stories and experimenting with Art media. Sorry if that makes me sound a bit of a geek.
Best Regards Talia. B.A. Hons. CWSin