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Author Information: Laurence Staig

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Laurence Staig was educated at Manchester and London Universities. Following a teaching career in the 70ís he had a spell in the theatre as a physical theatre actor and director, before becoming an arts officer working for the Arts Council of England in London and in the east and south-east. He embarked on a career as an author in 1986, writing thrillers, mysteries and childrenís fiction, He has been co-director of John Calder Publishers and has served as an advisor on the Arts Councilís Literature Panel. He worked in the USA for seven years annually with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina) where he was Writer in Residence. He was guest director for the Bath Festival of Literature between 1994 and 1999. He writes for The Independent newspaper and teaches Film and Media Studies at a College in Cambridge.

Recently, he became part-time Manager of Arts Development for the London Borough of Redbridge. He lives in Cambridgeshire with Sue (a roller-blading computer systems operator) and an elderly Old English Sheepdog with doggie dementure called Dame Ella Moo Moo. A blues slide guitarist, he still plays the occasional gig. He has never won the Booker Prize.


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