Fiona was born in London in 1964. Her place of birth is now a hospital broom cupboard and her first home was on a street later obliterated beneath a superstore off the Cromwell Rd. However she passed most of her childhood as the eldest of three girls in a lovely and spacious family home near the Thames.

Fiona studied at the University of York and the University of Sussex, completing her academic studies with a PhD on the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop.

Since then Fiona has written a memoir and four novels and done the habitual round of the novelist’s other jobs to help balance out her stubborn desire to write.

Fiona has worked as a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at the University of York, 2007-2009, and the University of Sheffield, 2010-2012, attached to the Animal and Plant Sciences Department. She is currently a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria.

Living in York with her partner and two daughters (when home from university), Fiona reads a great deal, cycles everywhere, grows vegetables with variable success and acquires more films than she ever gets around to watching. She is working on her fifth novel.


Fiona Shaw is the author of four novels and a memoir.

She lives in York.

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