Born and brought up in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, Judith Lesley Marshall draws inspiration from history, genealogy, mythology, travel and the elements. She has worked in libraries, education and arts/heritage settings across the North East of England and was delighted to lead the region’s Winning Words Olympic poetry project in 2012. Having completed an M.A. in Creative Writing with Teesside University in 2011, Judith went on to train as a coach with N.A.W.E., Performance Coach Training and RD1st Ltd in 2012. Her writing has been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines since 1999. Her most recent poetry collection Land of my Ancestors was published in Lifelines by Mudfog Press in 2014. Judith now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire and runs a blog aimed at helping other writers to realise their dreams. You can find her online at http://www.judithlesleymarshall.wordpress.com.
Judith Marshall in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?I started writing at a W.E.A. course with poet Cynthia Fuller at Bennett House in Darlington. It was in the late 1990s that I came to creative writing having already produced language learning packages whilst working as a modern languages lecturer in further education.
What do you love about Short Stories?Short stories are a great way to discover a new author, to get to know their style and voice. I love the fact that they can be read in a single sitting and are as mentally portable as a poem.
Do you write in other forms?I have turned my hand to fiction, non-fiction and life writing as well as poetry.
What distracts you from writing?Life, work, home and family, the same things as provide grist for the mill.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?I enjoy walking, reading, travel, meditation and burning up a dance floor.
What is your favourite book?At the moment I would say Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea Quartet, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Kenneth Steven’s A Song Among The Stones.
Who are your favourite writers?I do read male authors but my favourite 3 are Jean Auel, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Juliet Marrillier
Where is your dream location?A Greek island in autumn, the South Island of New Zealand in winter, my own home in spring and where
What one item would you put into Room 101?Sardines
Do you have any advice for new writers?Remember to include Kipling’s six honest serving men from his Just So Stories (1902): their names were What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. Then ask yourself ‘What’s missing?’ and ‘What Next?’
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