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PortraitMargaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders. An interest in Scotland’s turbulent history, and in particular the 16th century, combined with PhD research into the Ulster-Scots vernacular, led to the writing of Turn of the Tide.

It was the Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition (pre-publication), and has just been awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014.

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – other recent credits include, Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009. 3rd in Rubery International Short Story 2013, finalist in the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2012, shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012 and long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2014, Matthew Pritchard Award, Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize, she has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.

Visit Gallery to see some pictures (more comprehensive selection to be uploaded soon) and a video clip of Turn of the Tide discussed on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

See Turn of the Tide page for background information on the book, and Publications for a list of currently available anthologies which include some of the short stories mentioned above.

Visit the blog page for links to articles I find of interest and / or articles of my own.

One of my prize-winning short stories is available to read on the Short stories page.

That’s the technical stuff – for info on what’s important to me personally and some random facts you may (or may not) find interesting, please visit the About page.