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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 and another short story, Please Be Good To Me, won the same prize in 2018. An early draft of my novel-in-progress, currently titled Elinor Snow, was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2018. I was also longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 and the BBC Short Story Award 2018.