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Anna McKerrow – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Anna McKerrow is an author of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. She has an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, University of London and a BA in English Literature from the University of the West of England.

Following her critically acclaimed Greenworld YA trilogy Crow Moon, Red Witch and Wild Fire, about a feminist and ecopagan community of witches in Devon and Cornwall, she wrote Daughter of Light and Shadows, an adult commercial fantasy romance set in Scotland and the faerie realm, which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Award in the Fantasy Romance category in 2019. This was followed by the sequel, Queen of Sea and Stars.

In 2019, her novel The Book of Babalon was published by Black Moon Publishing, a small press based in New Orleans. In 2021 she published a mythic novel about grief and healing called The Bird Atlas. The Path to Healing is a Spiral: One Woman's Journey to Emotional Healing, a nonfiction memoir about her experience of a variety of healing modalities for Watkins Books, was published by Watkins Books in September 2022.

Anna has also published five books of poetry. Taropoetics, Spectral Emphatic, Regressive Poetics and Girls, Girls, Girls: A Reconstructive Surgery for Misogyny in 8 Songs are published by the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press who specialise in experimental and process-based work. The Fast Heat of Beauty is a work of contemporary poetry and is published by Flambard Press.

Anna also writes women's fiction as Kennedy Kerr, publishing the successful Magpie Cove and the Loch Cameron series.

She also worked at the children's book charity BookTrust for 14 years, where she managed a number of high-profile projects in the children's literature world, was the children's books reviewer and has a wide-ranging and comprehensive knowledge of children's books.

Academic qualifications

  • BA English Literature
  • MA Poetic Practice

Areas of expertise

  • Writing for young people and children
  • Creative writing
  • Writing fiction

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