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Simon started writing at the tender age of eleven. Creative writing, that is. I'm sure he could write words and things earlier than that. Anyway, he first got interested in writing at eleven, when, similar to the Monopoly Board card, he won (joint) first prize in a poetry competition.
As with all of Simon's rare victories in life, it was completely unexpected, but inspired him to want to write more. After getting through his angst-ridden teenage poetry days, he went on to write short stories, plays, manuscripts and finally novels.
His play 'Station'ry' was performed at the Brighton Festival Fringe in 2011, excerpts of which can be seen at his website, www.simonbirks.com. It's Simon in the clips, too. He gets everywhere.
'The Ostrich Race' is Simon's first novel, a family drama about a father who's still trying to move on from the death of his wife, seven years previously, whilst at the same time doing his best to keep his family on track.
Simon is engaged to be married to Marielle in November 2012, and has three children, Arran, Fraser and Tabitha. He lives in Ferring, West Sussex.