Leigh Verrill-Rhys was born in Maine, grew up on Paris Hill until her parents moved to San Francisco where she was educated, began her writing career with the publication and broadcast of short stories and taught at San Francisco State University. She immigrated to Wales in 1981, reversing the steps of her paternal grandmother's family. In 1986, she became one of the founding directors of Honno, the Welsh Women's Publisher, and edited three volumes of women's writing. WAIT A LONELY LIFETIME, Avalon Books, will be published in mid 2012, Leigh's first published novel.
Her first book, "On My Life", was awarded a Raymond Williams Community Publishing prize. She followed this success, working with co-editor, Deirdre Beddoe, with "Parachutes and Petticoats" - women's autobiographical writing about their experiences in World War II - inspired by her mother's adventures during the war. Her third volume, "Iancs, Conshis a Spam" is a Welsh language anthology. She has contributed to several collections of essays, including "Discovering Welshness" and "Writing on the Edge: Interviews with Writers and Editors of Wales".
Leigh writes contemporary fiction set in Wales, Italy and the United States. Her blog is: http://everwriting.wordpress.com and website: www.leighverrillrhys.com
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