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Shanta Everington is a creative writer working across a range of forms, including fiction, poetry and life writing. Her latest releases are young adult dystopian novel, XY (Red Telephone Books) and poetry chapbook, Drowning in Cherryade (Bedouin Books).

ShantaShanta was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006. Her debut novel, Marilyn and Me, narrated by a young woman with a learning disability who models herself on Marilyn Monroe, was developed on the course and published by Cinnamon Press in 2007. Her subsequent novels, Give Me a Sign, Boy Red and XY, are aimed at the young adult market. Shanta’s poems and short stories have been accepted for publication by various small presses, with a story shortlisted for The Bridport Prize.

A qualified teacher trained in counselling skills, Shanta has taught in a range of capacities, from tutoring Looked After Children and teaching basic skills to adults with learning disabilities, to working as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University and as a MOOC Facilitator for FutureLearn. In addition, Shanta’s extensive experience in the charity sector feeds into her interests in socially engaged writing and links between creativity and wellbeing.

Shanta insists she lives in London (whisper Essex!) with her husband and two children.

Member of: The Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), London Arts in Health Forum and Lapidus (The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation)