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.

April 26, 2013

William Golding's The Spire is 50 years old

Certainly not everyone's cup of tea in this era of vampires and S&M, but still a great novel. I studied this for A-level English and loved it, loved analysing it for its depth, allegory, sexual undercurrent in a religious setting and above all its fantastic architecture. This is a novel whose images live with you for the rest of your life. I know. I was that girl.

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