Irena Popiolek's experiences have been very varied, with an academic background in the sciences - a BEd in Primary School Science and an MSc in Environmental Education. Yet her interests and lifestyle delve way beyond the limiting boundaries of science. Her fascinations lie in the natural world, and in particular how human beings once lived in a symbiotic connection with Mother Earth, yet have become a little further removed from these origins with each successive generation. She sees how our beliefs and our emotions effect our health and lifestyle.
Irena's writing creates an interwoven tapestry of fact and fiction with creative elements of history and spirituality.
Her short story, 'In the Beginning' was selected as Highly Commended by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tim Bowler, and published in Dreams and Dreaming in November, 2009.
Primal Birth: The Awakening of Jessica Buckley is Irena's debut novel. www.primalbirth.co.uk