About Gill

GillGill Blow lives near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and spent most of her professional career working with parents and professionals in community development work and adult learning. She received the Save the Children Fund Award in 1994 in recognition of her outstanding services to children, and was for many years a volunteer Chairman for Gainsborough Homestart a charity which supports young parents and their families through hardship and crisis. She was instrumental in setting up Sure Start services for young families in Gainsborough.

In 2010 she graduated the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University with Distinction, and was awarded the AM Heath Prize for her collection of 17 short stories. Ladies of the Soil was broadcast on Radio 4 in July 2011 as part of the Opening Lines series. Gulliver was published in the Lincolnshire Echo in November 2011 as part of the Writing East Midlands competition, and Still Alive with Clive was performed at the Lincolnshire Festival of New Drama in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 she has been published in The New Writer magazine, and her stories have been short listed for the Bridport Prize, Frome Festival, The Yellow Room Competition, Mslexia Magazine Short Story competition, and she was a runner-up in the Alan Sillitoe competition.

Her stories are a mixture of sad and funny, of the tragic and the comical in life. They show human emotions from a range of people, and what they think, say, or do which is often surprising or mysterious, chilling or just daft. She describes her short stories as moments in peoples’ lives, or as the distinguished author William Trevor puts it, ‘The Art of the Glimpse.’