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About Amanda Read

Amanda Read is a novelist, short story writer, and a lapsed botanist. Her removal from school before final exams sowed the seed for a later thirst for learning. Awarded a fellowship from the Royal Horticultural Society, she trained as a plant taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Reading. Amanda holds an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, with distinction. Born on the banks of Bristol’s River Avon, Amanda roamed Greece, the Netherlands and London, before finding her true habitat in rural Wiltshire. Amanda may be spotted in her garden, or hot on the heels of Carlos and Carmen, the border terriers. She works as an agricultural research programme manager for international development. She also reads for the Bath Short Story Award, and reviews books and writerly events. For more info/contact: http://www.amandaread.net