Biography

Short story writer, poet, journalist and now working on a novel about John Constable, Constable’s Clouds. Liz Ashworth was born in Buxton and has lived in north Wales for most of her life since, except for brief sojourns as an EFL teacher in Sicily and Greece and an English teacher in Suffolk. She has taught creative writing for fifteen years to children and adults. She qualified from Bangor University with a BA and a PGCE and during that time collaborated with D M Thomas on his first novel, Birthstone. She is English Leader of Conwy’s Writing Squad and has taught creative writing on the BA and PGCE programmes at Bangor University’s Department of Lifelong Learning.

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As a reporter on the North Wales Weekly News she won a NUJ Weekly Paper Feature Writing Award. She has published free–lance pieces in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the Western Mail and the Liverpool Daily Post. Her poems have appeared in Transatlantic Review, Outposts, New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, and Poetry Review, where she won the Premium Prize for a single poem. Her Outposts poetry collection A New Confusion won the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, and she was second prizewinner in the HE Bates Short Story Competition.

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 Liz also recently won a commendation in the WritersInc Writers of the Year Competition 2008 for ’Send in the Clowns’ in the Short Story category. Both Arts Council of Wales and Academi bursaries have helped her take time out to write two books: So I Kissed Her Little Sister and the work–in-progress Constable’s Clouds. Liz has held residencies and run community projects and was a writing tutor on the Arts Disability Wales project Hidden Dragons, published by Parthian. She has recently written an online creative writing handbook which will soon be available for free download.  At the moment she is creative writing tutor on ’Stori Pen’ an oral history of Penmaenmawr.

Liz is also a painter and a winner of the Selectors’ Prize at the Royal Cambrian Academy. She exhibits her work and has published arts reviews and profiles of painters. Liz is a full member of Academi.

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Reviews:

“…Her work is introspective, but has the necessary magic that touches deep levels of the psyche where all experience is shared…”
Margaret Pain, Outposts

“…The redemptive power of art is Ashworth’s recurring theme, giving the tales in The Origami Bird coherence and accumulative resonance…”
David E Shuttleton, Planet

“…this is a lyrical, almost uplifting collection of stories…”
Emma Davies, New Welsh Review

Of her So I Kissed Her Little Sister (Parthian, 1999)
“…The words often breathe pure poetry…and suggest a writer alive to pain, delight and beauty…”
Stevie Davies

Selected Publications:
A New Confusion (Outposts, 1978)
So I Kissed Her Little Sister (Parthian, 1999)
The Origami Bird (Parthian 2004)
Flashes and Specks (Cinnamon, 2008)

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