Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her short fiction has been published in Best British Short Stories anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and is collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories, whose title story won a New Writer novella prize in 2009. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year), winning the McKitterick Prize 2013.
Alison (Ali) as she is know to everyone at Charnwood Arts has spent most of her life living in Charnwood. When she was eight years old Ali won our Charnwood Writers Junior Poetry Prize - something she cites as inspiring her to take writing seriously! Twenty years later and Ali was working as the full time administrator of Charnwood Arts, accompanying us to India and publishing one of her first short stories in our Coffee House publication.
Whatever her abilities as a writer her abilities as an administrator were second to none and we benefitted enormously from her presence and practice with us. The excitement generated by her being selected for the last six shortlist for the Mann Booker Prize kept us all on tenterhooks! Graciously she agreed to come and talk for us at Loughborough Library after all the hullabaloo of Man Booker had calmed a little - a capacity audience of people who both knew her and knew her book made for a very special evening.
Alison has also been generous in agreeing to be the patron of our Read Me Write Me Draw Me Tell Me children's literature festival.