Irene's been telling stories since she was little – her school reports prove it. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, supported exhibitions (eg Foundling Museum's '26 Pairs of Eyes'), featured at Literature, Book and Art Festivals (both children and adults sections), on canal lock gates, in magazines and media. Her stories cross genres, though she really likes writing children's 'spooky' stories, like the ones she used to tell to her friends in the playground. She's been a window-dresser, a youth worker, a garage attendant; she took people caving, climbing, scrambling and biking around the Dales as an outdoor instructor. Irene's appeared in films, some of which now have become 'cult' movies (eg Princess Bride); she's been on TV, local/national radio, taken a one-woman show to Edinburgh, performs and tours her own work and her adaptation of JB Priestley's short story 'Uncle Phil on TV'. With a keen interest in history, Irene's a creative heritage interpreter using her research skills in heritage projects and in creating characters to interpret the past at museums, theatres, schools and festivals. She co-founded and ran an award-winning publishing business for 10 years. When it was sold, Irene thought about what to do when she grew up. She hasn't. She's still writing, telling stories, acting and taking her time-travelling characters out to meet people. She lives at home with her cat, grows vegetables and when she gets stuck on a story, she goes for long walks.
Irene Lofthouse in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1963 Bradford
What do you love about Short Stories?Their form means you can experiement more when writing. As a reader, they fit into the time when I'm travelling and their great to read aloud.
Do you write in other forms?Poems, articles, marketing content, slogans, plays, lyrics
What distracts you from writing?Too many ideas, being too curious
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Walking, dogs and cats, gardening, socialising, theatre, cycling, history, being nosey
What is your favourite book?Alice in Wonderland
Who are your favourite writers?Malachai Whitaker, Saki and Dorothy Dunnett
Where is your dream location?Too many to name
What one item would you put into Room 101?Discourtesy
Do you have any advice for new writers?Just do it, write every day
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