Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East. She was born in Liverpool, the daughter of 'southerners', whose vocation meant a nomadic existence. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane Women www.vanewomen.co.uk . Her work has appeared in a number of magazines, anthologies and on the web. In 2003, she won a Northern Promise award from New Writing North and in 2005 she received her MA in Creative Writing form the University of Newcastle.