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Amanda Addison writes both adult and children's fiction. A common theme to her work is the world of art & design. Amanda is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and completed an MA in writing the visual in Norwich.
She is particularly interested in writing about textiles, having taught art and design for a number of years. In her novel Laura's Handmade Life,published by Little, Brown, she has developed her skills and interest in hand embroidery (previous commissions include work for Redditch Needle Museum) to writing about the highs and lows of the home-made making process in the recession. She was inspired to extend her textile interest into portable architecture after meeting the authors of The Tent, at a wedding in England's largest yurt. Laura's Handmade Life combines her interest in the former East Germany, (Amanda speaks German and throughout her teens was in correspondence with a pen friend in Dresden) with the world of textiles. Laura's Hand-made Life has also been translated into German by Goldman verlag, out on June 18 2012 and entitled, Ein Cottage zum Verlieben. The Italian version of Laura's Handmade Life is currently being translated.
Amanda's interest in writing began when she illustrated book covers and articles. She won the 1997 Fish Publishing Prize (her book cover was selected by the Scottish painter, William Crozier). She went on to write and illustrate travel articles for Archant group.
Previous publications include: 'To Market......To Market', a children's picture book (which she both wrote and illustrated - using fabric collage and hand stitching) about the history of the Norfolk wherry. The illustrations were selected for Images 30, the only jury selected illustration annual in the UK. The book was supported by a substantial Crafts Connection bursary from Creative Arts East. 'Lost for Words', a teenage novella about a dyslexic art student was published in 2009.
In 'Alternative Renditions, published by Bridgehouse in November 2009 Amanda wrote Blue Beauty, an alternative telling of Snow White set in Ancient Egypt. It's inspired by Norwich castle Museum's Egyptian collection, where she works as a freelance educator using objects in the gallery to prompt story telling.
Amanda co wrote the first UK access to HE in Creative Writing at Norwich City College which she now teaches on.
Amanda is currently working on a second novel,an art and craft mystery set in Cornwall.