Lisa Selvidge

Honorary Member

'English is a party of words and everyone is invited.'

After doing an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Lisa subsequently taught creative writing for thirteen years at both the Norwich School of Art & Design and the UEA. She now lives in the Algarve in Portugal where she teaches online courses for several universities in the UK, as well as conducts workshops. She is the author of the Writing Fiction Workbook and has edited an anthology of writings entitled Summer Times in the Algarve. Her own fiction includes The Trials of Tricia Blake and The Last Dance over the Berlin Wall, and her most recent book is Beyond the Sea - Stories from the Algarve. Her website is

Lisa attended the awards ceremony for the Daniil Pashkoff Prize in June 2010. She was impressed by the excellent quality of the prize-winning poems and short stories written by non-native speakers in our anthology. We are glad to announce that she has kindly agreed to be a member of one of our juries in 2012. She gave an interview on the merits of teaching Creative Writing of which we include a brief excerpt:

'Languages enrich one another and English, because of its flexibility, is very accommodating.'

Why do you think that English is so flexible?

‘I think English is quite special for writers as it has two main roots – Latin of course (and Greek) and Anglo-Saxon. It is a wonderful mixture of being luxurious and ornate – thanks to its Latin roots but the Anglo Saxon ensures a down-to-earth bluntness as well. So, for a writer, there is a great choice. Writers such as Joyce, Henry Miller, Burgess and Faulkner write with verbal splendour. Raymond Carver and Hemingway opt for more sparsity‘

Two days after the Awards Ceremony Lisa Selvidge read from her novel The Last Dance over the Berlin Wall. The audience was mesmerized by the suspenseful story and many also enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of a light lunch with her in the atrium of the ‘Industrie- und Handelskammer Braunschweig.’

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