Alana Beth Davies

I have had a number of careers – lecturer, politician, B&B landlady, dollshouse impresario – all while raising my family of 5 daughters, but it wasn’t until I had retired from all of these that I started to write in earnest.

Although I had been writing short stories and poems since a teenager, it was a part-time course in Creative Writing with the Open University that convinced me this was something I could take seriously.

In the past few years, I have written and published collections of short stories and of poems, and a number of children’s stories. I have helped other aspiring authors by editing their work, and I have self-published books on their behalf.

My novel ‘The Making of Annie-May’ is my real labour of love. I have edited it and re-edited it to within an inch of its life, until I finally decided to say, ‘it’s finished’.

I recently gained my Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids, and enjoyed every minute of it. Joining the Writers’ Circle has been a revelation, providing support and camaraderie, as well as invaluable feedback and constructive comments.