SE Durrant has wanted to be a writer since she was a child and has always squeezed writing in around the edges of her life. She spent her childhood in Scotland before moving to Leicestershire when she was twelve. She studied Fine Art (painting) and then travelled widely before settling in south London. She has taken on many jobs including working on a stall at Covent Garden market, selling paintings in Venice and teaching art to children. For many years she worked on research bids at the University of London. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and two teenage children.
Her debut novel was published in 2016 and she was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the UKLA Book Award. She won the UKLA Student’s Shadow Vote 2017 and the Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2017. Her second novel, Running on Empty, will be published in March 2018. She is currently working on her third novel.
Little Bits of Sky: It’s 1987 and Ira and Zac are being uprooted once again, this time to Skilly House, a home for social care children. Their lives over the next few years are beautifully realised amongst the antipathy of the authorities, the drama of the poll tax riots and the moments of peace and hope Ira finds at Skilly and further afield. This is memorable and moving tale about growing up, making friends and finding a home.