I am a writer, editor and a tutor of creative writing based mainly in the mountains of Monchique in the Algarve, Portugal, where I live with my son, two ponies, two cats, two fish and, erm, two dogs now. I teach online courses for several universities in the UK (including short courses for Oxford and York) and I also run local workshops and, occasionally, writing retreats. Prior to that I lived in Norfolk where I worked at the University of East Anglia for many years – and also at the Norwich School of Art & Design (now called something completely different). I completed a BA in Russian and Portuguese at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA. I love to travel as well as write and frequently go to Spain and travel around Portugal. Several years ago I visited Mozambique and Cuba, and back in the eighties, when the world was a different place, I lived in Japan and travelled extensively around Asia. My first degree allowed me to experience the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the new Russia. Place is very important to me as a writer and much of my inspiration comes from other countries, other cultures, other people. It’s the little differences that make us unique and interesting and I like to play with those differences. And celebrate them.
My most recent publication is The Magic Campervan, my first chapter book for children.
Please note that my previous website http://www.lisaselvidge.com was hacked and is, sadly, no longer under my control.