Allison Adkins is in the third year of a Creative Writing and English Literature degree course at Northumbria University. She lives with her husband and two children on the outskirts of Newcastle. Writing has always been a hobby, but it wasn’t until she was on maternity leave that Allison felt that she could develop her interest. She took a part-time course with the Open University in Creative Writing which involved writing a short story for a woman’s magazine audience. Since then, her work has appeared several times in local and national publications. When her children started school and daycare, Allison looked into finishing her degree with Northumbria University and her ambition to write a novel began to resurface. Developing techniques and learning how to write a substantial piece of work has allowed Allison to begin development of her first novel Human Farm.