Myra Schneider spent most of her childhood on the Firth of Clyde, lived in Chichester during her teens and has lived in London since she went to University. She is the author of four poetry collections by Littlewood Press, three novels for children and teenagers by Heinemann and five collections by Enitharmon Press: Exits (1994), The Panic Bird (1998), Insisting on Yellow (2000), Multiplying The Moon (2004), Circling The Core (2008). Her poem ‘Goulash’ from this book was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, 2007. Second Light Publications published her long narrative poem, Becoming in 2007. Writing for Self-Discovery co-written with John Killick was published by Element Books in 1997. Writing My Way Through Cancer, her fleshed-out diary with poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2003. Writing Your Self, a resource book of personal writing co-written with John Killick was published by Continuum International in 2009. Myra has co-edited four anthologies of poetry by contemporary women poets. She is an experienced writing tutor and works as a core tutor for The Poetry School. She is consultant to the Second Light Network of women poets. She taught literacy and communication to severely disabled adults at a day centre for many years.