Deirdre is seeking representation for her debut novel, The Howl of the Waves. This coming of age story is high-end women’s commercial fiction and, as a recent graduate of the MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she was pleased to achieve a Distinction for her manuscript. The story, which is inspired by the people and landscape of the South Downs, is set in eighteenth-century Sussex.

Read Deirdre's blog post about why we read – and write – historic fiction.

Deirdre has been awarded the Robin Ledbury Trophy for her poem, A Long Walk Home, which was judged to be outstanding in the 2017 Mid-Somerset Festival. She received an Honourable Mention in the 2017 international NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge and has since experimented with converting her story, An Imperfect White Silence, into an interactive game. Her assigned genre was horror but she managed to sneak a little history in to the context. She is also experimenting with script-writing, to dramatise the life of a historical photographer in Drawing the Light.