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Shanta Everington is the author of seven published books. 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, was developed on the course and published by Cinnamon Press in 2007. 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. She has also worked extensively in the voluntary sector and is interested in 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)