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About the Author - Mel Newman

Writing

Ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen, I’ve needed to write. Even before that I had stories in my head. I used to stand and look out of the window making up stories about clouds and trees and birds and buildings and people and just about anything else I saw. At night when I couldn’t sleep I’d tell myself stories but that didn’t always help because some of them were pretty frightening! I won my first prize in a story competition when I was nine. I wrote a book soon after that. I don’t know what happened to it but I can remember it as clearly as if it was in front of me now.

The Author - Melanie Newman with her dog Morse

At school I said I wanted to be a writer but they said hardly anyone became a writer and I should do something more serious. Later I decided I wanted to be either a zoologist or an ecologist but they said there wasn’t any future in that either. So in the end I drifted into a job with British Airways, which was a lot of fun and very hard work but wasn’t IT!

You might say that I’ve gone back to the things I wanted to do in the first place. I took a master’s degree at Bath University, which included a course on deep ecology. It was while I was doing this that I started writing stories for children. It made me want to learn more so I took another master’s degree in creative and critical writing, this time at University of Winchester. Now I’m studying for a doctorate (who me?!) and asking questions about how we write about nature without pretending that humans are the only thing worth knowing about in the world. I’m also teaching part-time on a master’s degree in writing for children, which is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done (which is saying something because I’ve enjoyed almost everything I’ve done so far).

Best of all is still the writing and I hope I’ll be able to do it for the rest of my life.

The New Forest

Living in the New Forest is my idea of heaven. It has been home for me since I was about fourteen years old, although I’ve often had to live elsewhere while working. Now that I spend most of my time writing, I can work here as well as living here. Walking, cycling or riding in the New Forest is always amazing. Even the most familiar places can be surprising and each season reveals new secrets. To find out more about what is happening in the New Forest right now, you can sign up for Charcoal’s newsletter.

Contact Me

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