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Katy Massey

Katy Massey grew up in Leeds and worked as a freelance journalist in London. She suffered burnout, and returned to education, culminating in a self-funded PhD in creative writing. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and while recovering from surgery, started working on ways to encourage non-writers to author their life stories, particularly those under-represented in literature. One result of this work is Tangled Roots, an anthology of memoir by more than thirty members of mixed-race families, exploring their experiences, history and contribution to British society. She is currently developing Who Are We Now?, a collection of memoir responses to the Brexit referendum and a post-European future, while also working on The Cleansing, a novel imagining post-Grenfell London after a large-scale attack.