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Shanta Everington is the author of six published books - literary novel, Marilyn and Me (Cinnamon Press), young adult novels, Give Me a Sign (Flame Books) and Boy Red (as S D Everington, Musa Publishing Euterpe), poetry chapbook, Drowning in Cherryade (Bedouin Books) and parenting books, Baby’s First Year and The Terrible Twos (Need2Know Books). Her seventh book, young adult novel, XY, will be published by Red Telephone Books later in 2014.

ShantaShanta was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006, for her debut novel, Marilyn and Me. Narrated by a young woman with a learning disability who models herself on Marilyn Monroe, the novel draws parallels between two remarkable women. 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 one-to-one tuition with looked after children and teaching basic skills to adults with learning disabilities, to working as an associate lecturer in higher education. She has also worked extensively in the voluntary sector (family and disability charities), and currently teaches adults on both creative writing and health, social care and wellbeing modules with The Open University in London. Shanta is interested in the power of story, and links between creativity and wellbeing.

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