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F.C. Malby graduated with a First Class Joint Honours degree in Geography and Education. She has travelled widely, teaching English in the Czech Republic, the Philippines and London, and has also worked as a portrait and landscape photographer. She is currently a school governor.
F.C. Malby’s debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People’s Book 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, as well as the Lunate Fiction and TSS Publishing Short Fiction Competitions. ‘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. She was nominated by Spillwords Journal for their Publication of the Month in July 2020. This piece has gone on to be nominated for Non Poetry Publication of the Year in the Spillwords Press 2021 Awards. Her writing was longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly international flash competition, Spring 2021, and is forthcoming in the Reflex Press Anthology, Summer 2022.
Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo, includes award-winning stories. She is also a contributor to Unthology 8 (Unthanks Books), 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 work has been published online in Litro Magazine, The Puffin Review, Ether Books, Spontaneity Magazine, 1000 Words, Flash Fiction Magazine, Paragraph Planet, 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, Synaeresis, Mojave Heart Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Ad Hoc Fiction, Mystery Tribune, Virtualzine and Cabinet of Heed, Reflex Press, Burnt Breakfast, Lunate Fiction, Fully Lit Magazine, Pens of the Earth, Orange Blush Zine and is forthcoming in Idle Ink.
Her first few poems have recently been published, along with a podcast reading. She has given book readings at the Unthank Books launch of Unthology 8 at The Library in Norwich, and book groups, including a young carers group in Suffolk, as well as writing workshops in schools. Please get in touch for book readings, group discussions and workshops.
F.C. Malby has completed her second second novel, a crime thriller set in Europe and a second short fiction collection. She enjoys music, art, reading, baking, 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. She now lives in the South East of England near the coast and finds inspiration for writing from beach walks, art and snippets of conversation.