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F.C. Malby has travelled widely, teaching English in the Czech Republic, in Badjao communities in the Philippines and in London at one of the largest boys’ schools in the country. She is passionate about education and graduated with a first-class joint Honours degree in Geography and Education. She has also worked as a portrait and landscape photographer.
F.C. Malby’s second novel, Dead Drop, a psychological thriller about the art underworld, is forthcoming from Linen Press in late 2022. Described as a ‘fast-paced, intelligent thriller.’ Her debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, Dec 2012, won The People’s Book Awards, April 2013. She has been a reader for Reflex Press and her short fiction was nominated for Non-Poetry Publication of the Year in the Spillwords Press 2021 Awards.
Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes and won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster Fiction Competition. She was shortlisted by Ad Hoc Fiction, TSS Publishing and Lunate Fiction. ‘We were absolutely staggered by the quality of the writing by the four runners-up. Each one a micro marvel. Competition was fierce.’ Lunate Fiction.
Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo, 2015, includes award-winning stories, many of which have been published in literary magazines and journals worldwide. She is a contributor to several anthologies, including In Defence of Pseudoscience: Reflex Fiction Volume Five, Reflex Press, July 2022, with a story longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly International Flash Competition, as well as Unthology 8, Unthank Books, 2016, and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction, Kingston University Press, 2015, alongside 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.’
F.C. Malby’s short fiction has been widely published online in places like Litro Magazine, Ether Books, Spontaneity Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Ad Hoc Fiction, Vending Machine Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, Paragraph Planet, Train Lit Magazine, The Drabble, Spelk Fiction, Fictive Dream, Virtual Zine, The Cabinet of Heed, Flash Fiction Magazine, Mystery Tribune, Lunate Fiction and Idle Ink, among others. Her work has also been published in the Flash Flood Journal for the 10th Anniversary of National Flash Fiction Day, 2021 and in The South Shore Review, Issue 6, for the National Flash Fiction Day Edition, 2022.
Her poetry has been published in various online journals and podcasts. She has given book readings at the Unthank Books launch of Unthology 8, at The Library in Norwich, and at a Pens of the Earth event in collaboration with ‘The Great Big Green Week,’ Sept 2021, as well as writing workshops in schools and book groups, including a young carers group in Suffolk. Having lived in Central Europe for eight years, she now lives near the coast in the UK.