Karon Alderman writes for both children and adults. Karon’s crime short story, The Millionaire’s Wife was published in Northern Crime One (Moth Publishing 2015) and she has recently completed a crime novel, Head Start, part of a planned series set on the Island of Anglesey, where she grew up and where she has close ties. She received a Northern Promise Award in 2012 for her children’s novel, For Keeps, which also came second in the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2011. She has written four other novels for children aged 9-13, including The Story Thief, which was runner up in the 2010 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Fiction Award. Both these novels feature Arlie, a feisty, child asylum seeker. Her latest novel for children is Stella Starbright, dealing with bereavement, friendship… and a small dog. Karon came to Newcastle to study English and now lives and works in the city, teaching English to adults, including those from marginalised communities. She is currently training to be a dyslexia specialist. She finds Newcastle an inspiring place to live in and it is the location for her children’s novels, which are set in the east end of the city. She also writes short stories for adults, many set in the past, which have more wide-ranging locations, from the Essex marshes to the 1950s London of The Golden Fur, (The Journal 2011).