Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.


Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

January 23, 2009

Best job in the world

Tourism Queensland know their stuff - the marketing for job as island caretaker on the Great Barrier Reef was excellent and I fell - hook line and sinker. But cramming everything I wanted to say in 60 seconds felt impossible - 60 hours maybe, just - but 60 seconds? I had to write (and perform) the synopsis of my life. I cut like a tailor at the end of a nudist convention. It's done though and I'm waiting to hear it's been accepted. Watch this space.

2 comments:

ed said...

Good luck with the video Silja - I'm not really sure how you'd viral it, but any video on Youtube usually gets a fair amount of hits. Do the word-of-mouth thing like you said, I guess post comments on other people's videos too (this is where I get lazy).

john white said...

G'day Silja,

There's something fascinating about being down under - I think it's the scenery.

Good luck with the application. Was it something I said?

John.

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