Lynne E Blackwood is a mixed Indian-Scottish disabled author previously supported by the Arts Council. She is currently beneficiary of a The Literary Consultancy Chapter & Verse bursary for their mentoring scheme to complete a short story collection based on fictionalising her Anglo-Indian family history. Her poetry chapbook is ready for publication consideration. She is currently working on her second poetry and short story collections. Many of her stories and poems have been shortlisted, longlisted and highly commended. Publications include the following:
- "A Scattering of Blue Moons" [Anglo-Indian Short Story collection] Longlisted SI Leeds Prize
- “When She Breathes”, Highly Commended, Brighton Prize 2017 anthology
- “The Lesson in Dhansak”, Sable LitMag (2018)
- “Yekaterinaberg”, “Under a Cerulean Sky” in Filigree Poetry anthology, Peepal Tree Press, (2018)
- “Five”, Highly Commended, Leicester Writes Short Story Prize anthology, Dahlia Books
- “Cows and Lambs”, Shortlisted, Dividing Lines anthology, The Asian Writer Prize, Dahlia Books
- “Clickety Click”, Closure, Contemporary Black British Short Stories, Peepal Tree Press, alongside well-established authors such as Fred d’Aguiar and Michelle Innis
- “Ghost Ship”, “Zell and the Golden Thread”, Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups
She has written a character-driven thriller set in the Republic of Georgia where she worked at the fall of the Soviet Union and her new, incomplete novel, “When Goats Come Home”, reached the finals of WriteNow Penguin Random House competition and is now nearing completion of the first draft. Her writing has been called, “brave”, “unique voice”, “incredibly talented” and “brilliant dialogues”.
Despite her “wheels”, Lynne loves using her reading talents to perform and engage with audiences and wishes she was offered more opportunities. Her flamenco on wheels exploits in Andalucia can be seen on the Youtube link below.
PS She apologises for lack of social media updates but less energy means prioritising her writing over all else – until she can afford tekkie support...
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