Author Profile: Naomi Booth

Author Profile:   Naomi Booth is an award winning writer, novelist, academic and short story author.

Name: Naomi Booth

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Background: Dr.Naomi Booth also known as Naomi Booth, resides and works in York. She is born in Bradford. She comes to writing from academia by accomplishing Ph.D research on literary history. She studied English at the University of Cambridge and completed Ph.D in Creative and Critical Writing and M.A. at the University of Sussex. Presently she is Subject Director of Creative Writing at York St. John University. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies. She is writer for Prospect Magazine, BBC Radio 3, The Guardian and the New York Times. Naomi Booth is currently working on an academic study of swooning and Exit Management, her new novel.

She has worked previously at the York St. John University and University of Sussex, as Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing.

Genre: Naomi Booth is known for searing personal narratives which she writes from the perspective of women on the verge of psychological breakdown.

Her research project sponsored by AHRC aimed at producing a literary history of swooning. Intersection between critical and creative prose work, particularly interest her. Dr.Naomi Booth continues to focus on the body’s literary depictions. Her broad interests include environmental writing and ecology, contemporary fiction, northern publishing / writing, literary theory and contemporary fiction. She takes keen interest in story-telling and regional myths besides which she has been commissioned recently to rewrite the Yorkshire folktale of the boggart for the original short fiction series HAG.

Literary Contributions: Naomi Booth has won the 2016 Saboteur Award for the best novella for, The Lost Art of Sinking. ‘Cluster’ her story was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018. The Guardian describes the novel Sealed, as a slow-burning and accomplished meditation on love, pregnancy and motherhood.

Unique Stylistic Features: Naomi Booth’s work Sealed, in 2017 explores themes on motherhood, paranoia and alienation set in a remote, suburban outback in Australia gripped by a terrifying plague. Sealed, is her debut novel published by Dead Ink Books in 2017. It is an eco-horror which explores environmental contamination and pregnancy.

The Lost Art of Sinking is an experimental novella that focuses on compulsion on a character to pass out, which has developed from her research on literary swooning. The Lost Art of Sinking is her first work of fiction which was selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign.

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