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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, graduating with distinction. A short story, The Hikers, won the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Prize 2017 and another short story, Please Be Good To Me, won the same prize in 2018. I was also longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 and the BBC Short Story Award 2018. Iā€™m currently at work on a novel.