My name's Lucy Christopher and I’m a writer, a teacher, a speaker, an academic, and the Course Director of the wonderfully successful MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Most of all, I’m a lover of words and all things story. We are all storytellers, whether we label ourselves as such or not. I’m continuously interested in the stories we tell and the way we tell them - I’m interested in how these things are constantly developing, too. Thinking about all this is my life’s work!
But to be a storyteller, it helps to have stories to tell! So, what’s my story?
I guess I’ve lived a fairly varied life. I’ve lived in three different countries and about 25 different houses (and counting!). I consider myself both British and Australian and also nothing at all. Living in so many different places means that nationality and nationhood doesn’t really mean all that much to me. I did a Bachelor in Creative Arts in Melbourne University and then an MA and PhD in Creative Writing in Bath Spa University (where I still teach). Apart from working at Bath Spa, I also run residential retreats around the world, speak at book festivals and other events, visit schools to talk about my work and about creative writing, and also do private manuscript assessment and creative writing coaching. I love all of it, but I especially enjoy the moments where I run creative writing workshops with young readers and writers.
In between writing, and talking about writing, I do lots of other things! I hang out with Dr Larch, a very refined Collie/Springer cross, I also ride horses when I can, travel a lot to visit all my family and friends across the world, and, of course, read loads of books. I like to read all sorts of stories, from picture books to adult literary fiction to digital stories to poetry. I like to try to write it all too, just for fun mostly!
I am currently embarking upon a project to walk around the entire circumference of Wales with my dog, as well as a digital storytelling project. I’ve just finished my first adult novel, and I’m working on my next picture-book and my next YA novel. I also work a lot in Mexico, where I can be found as the resident writer in the amazing Rancho Las Cascadas.