Shanta Everington is a creative writer living in Leigh-on-Sea. Shanta’s debut novel, Marilyn and Me, shortlised for the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel Prize, was written for her MA in Creative Writing, for which she achieved a Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University. Shanta’s short fiction has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and her young adult novel, XY, won the Red Telephone Books YA Novel Competition. Her published work also includes poetry, life writing and academic writing. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction book, Other Mothers, for her PhD Creative Writing.

Shanta teaches Creative Writing with The Open University, and previously with the University of East London, The Brilliant Club and FutureLearn. As a qualified school teacher, Shanta has also taught in Alternative Provision for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Her additional experience in the charity sector feeds into her interests in socially engaged writing and links between creativity and wellbeing.

Member of:  National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)