I was born in England, grew up in New Zealand, and now live on an island off the West Coast of Scotland. I hold a Masters in Botany from Victoria University of Wellington, and maintain a keen interest in the interface between the natural and human worlds. As far back as I can remember, I have always made up stories and poems, and once won a crate of port in a poetry competition (New Zealand Listener, May 1996). In 2012 I won the Britwriters Award for poetry, and my first volume of poetry, The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet, was published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams Publishing.
I have worked in schools, libraries and university labs, been a pre-school crèche worker and a farm labourer, cleaned penthouse apartments and worked as amanuensis to an eminent Botanist. I currently have a day job (in the local school) and teenage children, and would continue to write even if no-one read my work, because it’s the only thing that keeps me sane. In my spare time I climb hills, look for rare moths and promise myself to do more in the garden.
You can follow my work via the Facebook page and group The Calgary Chessman, @Alayanabeth on Twitter, or on the WordPress blog The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet.