Naomi Foyle’s voice is confident, fervent, erotic, lyrical, distinctive. Her writing is bold and unflinching, imaginative…thrilling and disconcertingly edgy… ~PBS Bulletin
Naomi Foyle was born in London, England, and grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Saskatchewan. After spending the late nineties working in South Korea and travelling in Central America, Asia and Australia, she now lives in Brighton a pebble’s throw from the sea.
Naomi’s first novel, Seoul Survivors, a cyber-thriller set in South Korea, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013. Her second novel, Astra, the first book in The Gaia Chronicles, an eco-SF quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia, appeared from JFB in 2014, followed by Rook Song (2015) and The Blood of the Hoopoe (2016). Stained Light, the final volume of the series, will be released in 2017.
Naomi is also the author of several poetry pamphlets and two full collections, The Night Pavilion, a 2008 Poetry Society Recommendation and The World Cup (2010) both from Waterloo Press. Her poetry readings include appearances at The Cuisle Festival in Limerick, and Tacheles Art House in Berlin. Originally trained in theatre, she has collaborated with artists, musicians and filmmakers on projects including the prize-winning videopoem Good Definition (2004) and several spoken word CDs. Librettist of the award-winning bouffon opera Hush (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto 1990), she has also written a short verse drama, ‘The Strange Wife’, produced by the Bush Theatre in 2011 as part of 66 Books: 21st C Writers Speak to the King James Bible.
Naomi holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bangor University. Her topic, Venus Victrix: The Warrior Woman in Narrative Verse, propelled her into activismand she now campaigns for a just peace in the Middle East. As the co-ordinator of British Writers In Support of Palestine (BWISP), she is a vocal advocate of BDS – the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.
Naomi also works as a CW lecturer at Chichester University and a professional Tarot card reader. As an editor for Waterloo Press, Survivors Poetry (London) and Lagan Press (Belfast), she has edited ten full-length poetry collections, including The Privilege of Rain by David Swann (Waterloo Press 2010), short-listed for the 2011 Ted Hughes Award.
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