MD Kerr

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I'm a poet, novelist, and short-story writer, based in Oxford. I write in a variety of genres and have a particular love of literary slipstream, magical realism, and all forms of poetry.

I've pseudonymously published a novel, novellas, and short stories, and ghostwritten seven novels. Under my own name, I've published short fiction and poetry in Open, The BFS Journal, Astrologica, New Writing, Haiku Quarterly, Sentinel, the Tanka Journal, Elbow Room, Thema, and The Wild Word. I've also contributed non-fiction and academic articles to Postmodern Culture, La Négation, and Filament. My story "Rope of Words" won the 2012 British Fantasy Society Short Story competition and is now a limited edition fine-press book illustrated by my mother, the artist Lin Kerr.

I've spoken about my work (fiction and academic) at the World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, UK FantasyCon, the Oxford Literary Fringe Festival, the Writers in Oxford Book Fair, the Université de Tours, and the University of Witswatersrand. I have a Masters in English Literature (MSt) from the University of Oxford, and a First in English Literature (BA Hons) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I teach creative writing courses and workshops as The Writers' Greenhouse.

I grew up in South Africa (of British grandparents) then immigrated to Oxford, where I've sunk deep roots. Here I write in random outdoor places whenever possible, relish the cold, drink too much coffee, and walk for hours, in love with the Gothic buildings, old streets, trees, and canal paths, photographing every leaf, twig, and change of light. I have a passion for physics, maths, and art, love life's texture, and live to write.


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