I live in York and love to travel especially to Scottish islands. My stories grow out of places and the tales which people tell about places. My work draws on my experience of surviving trauma but always with the possibility of a hopeful ending.
I have a MA in Creative Writing from York St John University and teach creative writing at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. I’m also a book whisperer (like a book doctor but more holistic) and mentor to aspiring writers. I’m a member of Lapidus, the writing for wellbeing association.
When I’m not writing you can find me at folk gigs, doing yoga and attempting to crochet. I occasionally blog, intermittently tweet at @alyswestyork and spend rather too much time on Facebook where you can find me at Alys West. I’m also on Instagram at @alyswestwriter. To keep up with my news you can join my Facebook readers’ group ‘Druids, Spellworkers and Dirigibles’.