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“There is no greater agony than having an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou
Photo Will Hartley

Ninette Hartley is a writer, mother, grandmother, wife and teacher. She has followed many paths — from acting and dancing to magazine publishing, and even driving a pony and trap — but she has always come back to storytelling.

Ninette has an MA in creative writing and has been published in three short story collections. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize, and was longlisted for the Poetry Prize in 2020. She has won or been placed in several flash fiction competitions. Ninette also likes to perform her poetry and short stories at open word events, whenever she can.

After eight years living in rural Italy she moved to the Dorset countryside with her husband Geoff — affectionately known as The Man over on the blog — and their beloved rescue dog Jpeg. Dear Tosh is her first memoir.

You can read more about her here