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I studied English Literature at Oxford University and taught English as a foreign language in Rome, before becoming a journalist and literary translator (Italian-English).

For ten years I worked as a reporter and editor for The Times newspaper, Agence France-Presse, the BBC and others, reporting from China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Myanmar

In 2016 I left journalism to study on the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. A short story, The Hikers, won the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Prize 2017. An early draft of my novel-in-progress, currently titled Elinor Snow, was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2018. Another short story, The Empress, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018. I also received a special commendation in the 2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award.