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Photograph by Diana Moschitz

F.C. Malby lived in Vienna, Austria, for eight years and previously worked as a portrait photographer and a teacher. She has travelled widely, teaching English in the Czech Republic, the Philippines and London. Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes, came Highly Commended in the TSS Publishing micro fiction contest, and won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster Fiction Competition.

F.C. Malby’s debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People’s Book Awards. She is also a contributor to Unthology 8, reviewed as, “some of the best writing around,” and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction, along side Pulitzer prize winner, Anthony Doerr. It has been described as containing, “some of the most exciting and unique new voices to have appeared in modern fiction over the last few years.”

Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo includes award-winning stories.

F.C. Malby has enjoyed giving book readings at the Unthank Books launch of Unthology 8 at The Library in Norwich, and in locals schools and books groups, including a young carers group in Suffolk.

Her work has also been published online in Litro Magazine, Ether Books, Spontaneity Magazine, 1000 Words, Flash Fiction Magazine, Paragraph Planet, National Flash Fiction Day’s Flash Flood Journal, The Puffin Review, Vending Machine Press, Friday Flash Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, The Drabble, Spelk Fiction, Fictive Dream and Train Lit Magazine, Who Writes Short Shorts, 121 Words, Spillwords, Syneresis, Mojave Heart Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Mystery Tribune, Virtualzine and Cabinet of Heed.

F.C. Malby has completed her second second novel, a crime thriller set in Europe and is working towards a second short story anthology. She likes music, art, reading, skiing and travel, and her favourite places are coffee shops and art galleries. She wrote most of her first novel in Viennese cafes, including the iconic Cafe Central.

“We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity.” Jonah Lehrer