Deborah Buchan was born in Newcastle and now lives in Northumberland. Her working life began in Theatre-in-Education where she worked as an actor, director and writer. She has written a novel for young people which was informed by her work in hostels, refuge and residential care. Her short stories and poems have won and been short listed for various competitions, including Mslexia, the Bishop Auckland Short Story Competition and Northern Film and Media Words and Vision. She has read both her short stories and her poems at literature events in the North East and is the 2016 winner of the Clare Swift Short Story Award.