Derby, Derbyshire
Literary Fiction, Plays and Scripts

Writer Biography

I am a short story writer and have published 2 story collections, The Siren of Salamanca(2008) and Gondwanaland (2013). I worked for some time in the 1980s as a freelance playwright, with professional productions at Derby Playhouse and Croydon Warehouse. I’m not currently writing for theatre but am specialising in the literary(but not too literary!) short story. I have won several short fiction prizes. I write for readers, not for critics and view myself as an entertainer rather than a heavily literary person. I still have an interest in theatre, however and am pen to opportunities.


Selected Publications

The Siren of Salamanca.(Leaf Books)
Gondwanaland. (Circaidy Gregory Press)

Contributed To

Tripod Magazine
Peninsula Magazine
Best of British

Prizes & Awards

Cornhill Allianz Short Story Prize 2005
HE Bates Short Story Competition(2nd prize) 2010

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    I have an adult teaching certificate, but am not specifically interested in teaching at the moment.
    I am also on the Speakers List in Derby, though mainly do talks on silent movies, TV sitcom and a couple of other writers(Opal Whiteley, and Nella Last, both of whom were essentially diarists).
    I am happy to give talks on writing, as well as readings, but only in the Derby area, and preferably daytime only.

    Want to know more?

    You can request more information about this writer by sending an email to info@writingeastmidlands.co.uk.

    My Work

    Gondwanaland:stories by Brenda Ray
    Publisher: Circaidy Gregory Press

    Websites, blogs and links to work