Manchester based novelist Elizabeth Baines has so far spread her talents across writing, teaching, editing and the occasional bit of acting.  Welsh born Elizabeth is a prizewinning author of prose fiction and plays, with an established career as an acclaimed radio dramatist.  Her work for BBC Radio 4 have included the comedy series The Circle, a contemporary vampire serial Sweet Blood, and numerous single plays.  She co-founded and edited the acclaimed short-story magazine Metropolitan and has taught Fiction Writing at Bolton Institute and the University of Manchester.

Her collection of short stories, Balancing on the Edge of the World, published by Salt, was pronounced a stunning debut collection (The Short Review).  Both her novels Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine were also published by Salt.

This year, Elizabeth’s story Looking for the Castle was runner-up in the Short Fiction Journal Prize and Tides, Or How Stories Do or Don’t Get Told appears in the Best British Short Stories 2014.  She has been short-listed for countless awards including runner up for the Bridport Prize.