Megan Taylor

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Literary Fiction

Writer Biography

I was born in London in 1973. I’ve always loved to write, but it wasn’t until I turned thirty and found myself moving to Nottingham with my young family that I began to take my writing more seriously. After completing my first novel, a dark coming of age story, ‘How We Were Lost’, I embarked on a Creative Writing MA, studying online with Manchester Metropolitan University.

‘How We Were Lost’ was awarded second place in the 2006 Yeovil Prize (the Betty Bollingbroke-Kent award). The novel then went on to be published by Flame Books ( the following year, and in late 2008, it was one of the first titles to be selected for promotion with the new Arts Council funded ‘Exclusively Independent’ scheme.

In 2009, I finished my MA and completed my second novel, a literary thriller that was to become ‘The Dawning’. ‘The Dawning’ is due to be released by Weathervane Press in January 2010.


Selected Publications

‘How We Were Lost’ Flame Books (2007)
‘The Dawning’ (due for release January, 2010, Weathervane Press)

Contributed To

Short story, ‘At the end of the meal’ to ‘Muse’ magazine (2008)

Short story, ‘On the Island’ to ‘Ink’ magazine (2008)

BBC Nottingham website featured my article about loving local Wollaton Park (2009)

Performances & Workshops

December 2008 – ‘Word of Mouth’
Nottingham’s Royal Centre
I read my short story ‘The Insect Room’ as part of Nottingham Writers’ Studio regular reading event.

March 2009 – ‘Exclusively Independent’ Reading
Hammersmith library, London
I read the opening to my debut novel, ‘How We Were Lost’

March 2009 – ‘Word of Mouth’
Nottingham’s Royal Centre
I read my short story ‘On the Island’

June 2009 – Lowdham Book Festival
I ran a creative writing workshop, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

October 2009 – Leftlion’s ‘Circus Extravaganza’ Spoken Word Event
Hand and Heart pub, Canning Circus, Nottingham
I read extracts from my second novel, ‘Before the Light’

Prizes & Awards

My first novel, ‘How We Were Lost’ was placed second in the Yeovil Prize 2006 (the Betty Bollingbroke-Kent Award). It also made the shortlist that year of the Cinnamon Press novel competition. After publication, it went on to be selected for promotion with ‘Exclusively Independent’, an Arts Council funded initiative that brings together independent publishers and booksellers to champion new writing.

I’ve also had stories shortlisted in various competitions including the Asham Award, London Writers’ Competition and the Biscuit Prize.

Along with a Distinction in my Creative Writing MA, I was also thrilled to be awarded Manchester Metropolitan University’s Janet Beer Prize ‘for outstanding contribution to the life of the Writing School’.

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  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    I’ve taken part in various reading events, including several ‘Word of Mouth’ events with Nottingham Writers’ Studio and recently the Leftlion ‘Circus Extravaganza’,where I had a great time reading alongside Nicola Monaghan.

    I’ve also read at Manchester Central Library and Hammersmith library to promote ‘How We Were Lost’ – the latter an ‘Exclusively Independent’ event.

    I ran a workshop on setting and the past, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’, at this year’s Lowdham Book Festival.
    I also help out regularly with a creative writing workshop at the school where I work (this with 11-18 year olds).

    This Autumn, I had the pleasure and privilege of judging Fosseway Writers Group’s annual short story competition.

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    My Work

    How We Were Lost
    Publisher: Flame Books

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