Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright living on the North Kent coast. Recent work includes an essay in the anthology on motherhood, The Best, Most Awful Job, published in the US and UK by Elliott & Thompson. Other essays and nonfiction have appeared in Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and The Big Issue. Her first novel, Amity & Sorrow was published by Little, Brown (USA/Canada), Headline/Tinder Press (UK/Commonwealth/Ireland, and translated for publication in France, Italy and the Netherlands. Her short fiction has been published in MsLexia, the Sunday Express, and The Janus Literary Spring 2021 anthology, the dark wild sea; she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Costa Short Story Award. As a playwright, she was a Writer-on-attachment at Soho Theatre; her work has been commissioned and produced off-West End, on the fringe, on tour and for radio. She is a Yaddo fellow and a recipient of a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England. Currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, she has been a bookseller, a festival producer, and writer-in-residence at a young offender prison.