Her writing is drawn from a long life rich in emotions and events, and also stories from the people she has been privileged to meet and listen to. Her Anglo-Indian (Parsi) descent and emotional heritage play strongly in writing sensitivities, reflecting a mosaic of experiences and cultures. All of her work aims to raise awareness about socio-political issues and her writing has been called “brave”, “a distinct voice”, and “powerful”.
Her character-driven crime novel “Rings of Chalk” set in contemporary Republic of Georgia where she used to work at the fall of the Soviet Union is under submission with agents and she has already worked on the sequel’s storyline.
Two new novels are in the making, nearing completion, one of which reached the WriteNow PenguinHouse competition finals and a poetry chapbook is ready for
She also wrote a first full-length play, “IF” which was much appreciated by local audiences in June 2014 and hasn’t given up on returning to play and scriptwriting sometime in the future.
Lynne admits to having a penchant for performance and engaging with audiences and will be exploring avenues to develop this aspect of her literary creativity. Her ambitions are to raise enough money to buy an adapted off-roader electric wheelchair [nearly £16k] to compensate decreasing mobility from a degenerative condition, so she can continue to participate in and read her work at events, festivals and travel to find even more inspiration for her work. She set up a GoFundMe page and hopes the long-awaited and essential piece of equipment will finally be hers, providing the autonomy and freedom needed for years to come.
A new “journey” has begun very recently and there will be many blogs and updates that she hopes to turn into a memoir to inspire and give courage to other writers who are striving to be recognised, whether disabled or not.
“I’m a Writer, capital W, never defined by my disability.”
- Longlisted Cambridge Short Story Prize
- Longlisted Historical Writers Association Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Prize
- Longlisted SI Leeds Prize for short story collection, “A Scattering of Blue Moons”
- Highly Commended The Brighton Short Story Prize
- Finals 31/1950 WriteNow Penguin Random House novel competition
- Longlisted The Asian Writer Short Story Prize
- Highly Commended Leicester Writes Short Story Prize
- Shortlisted ChipLit Festival Short Story Prize
Previous years: Various other Highly
Commended, Shortlisted, Longlisted places for poetry and short stories.
A note from the author
There will be updates as I progress along the literary path and achieve my heart’s desire – writing, writing and more writing, with some live performance thrown in.
I was aptly named a “Wordslinger” – not a word whisperer, but a writer who throws it all at the reader. I wish to take people on journeys into other worlds and cultures, to be thought-provoking, create emotional reactions, albeit sometimes received with discomfort. So, here I am – discover, enjoy and follow my journey.
Lynne E Blackwood
I’m here to ask for your support and possibly contributions to buy an amazing off-roader electric wheelchair that will last me many years and will cover the eventuality of paralysis below the waist – yes, it’s on the cards after four operations on the spine. If we go over our fundraising goals, then the surplus will be given as a bursary to another physically disabled writer for literature development and access to events etc. I have struggled, pushed through barriers and I know that others are out there in need of help and support, so this aspect is very important to offer those opportunities to someone.
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