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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.
Since then she has worked across both disciplines of Art and Creative Writing. This makes for an interesting working pattern, where she alternates between teaching (Art and Creative Writing) writing and making art. This has proved very productive, as it allows her to take a break from one area of work, allow things to mull over in her subconscious and then return with a fresh take on her work – rather like the way an artist/writer often realises the solution to a problem whilst doing the washing up! She is a great admirer of Elizabeth Gilbert’s (of 'Eat, Pray, Love' fame) 'Big Magic', a non-fiction book on creative living and its wonders.
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 had been the Travel Writer/Illustrator for a range of articles for the Archant Newspaper 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 runner-up for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award 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.
Her hand embroidery featured in public collections, including that of the Redditch Needle Museum, and provides inspiration for much of her novels which taps into the popularity of vintage fashion, the love of handicrafts and the drive for creative identity and self-sufficiency.
Her full-length novel, 'Laura’s Handmade Life', was published by Little, Brown to great acclaim and has been translated in several languages. Following consultation with library staff and the public, 'Laura’s Handmade Life' made it into final 12 works of fiction for Norfolk Narratives 2014.
Amanda was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop her novel, 'Picasso, Cream Horns and Tulips for Alice'. It explores themes of art, creativity and identity and is out now, with the revised title, 'An Amsterdam Affair'.
Currently, Amanda has a painting selected for the Holt Festival Art Prize – exhibited as part of the festival.