I was born in the UK now in the US.
My six novels, most recently Hild
, have all won awards and been translated other languages. Hild
is a novel focalised around the woman born more than 1400 years ago who is today known as St Hilda of Whitby. The novel aims to operate as a second-order discourse regarding the “contingency of events” and illusory nature of history’s seeming solidity (Butler and O’Donovan, 2012: 15). It is a serious historical novel in the well-researched, realist mode established by Sir Walter Scott1
that deconstructs the intersectional construction of the oppressive discourse of gender, sexual orientation, and race (Reid, 2015).
In 2015 I founded the Literary Prize Data
, an international working group to uncover and tell the story of how gender bias operates within the publishing ecosystem. Direct results of that research include the $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Prize for prose and scripts by and about women (2016), and the new Her Voice literary festival in Toronto (2017). In 2016 I began #CripLit, an online community for writers with disabilities with >1,000 regular participants.
I’m now a dual US/UK citizen, hold a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and married to writer Kelley Eskridge in Seattle. 1
As described by Lukács, as opposed to Jameson’s assertion of Scott’s essential melodrama (Anderson 2011).
Butler, C. and O’Donovan, H. (2012). Reading History in Children’s Books
. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Reid, R. (2015). Nicola Griffith’s Hild: the authenticity of intersectionality. In: H. Young, ed. The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre
. Amherst: Cambria, pp 75-90.