Sharon Blackie’s roots are in the north-east of England and in Edinburgh, though she has travelled all over the world and lived in France, Ireland and America. She spent many years firmly attached to a lochside croft in the north-west Highlands of Scotland, where she lived with her husband, David – until very recently a pilot in the RAF – and a growing collection of livestock. They are now based near mount Errigal in Donegal where she continues to write and also publishes EarthLines magazine.
Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Sharon has worked in a variety of corporate consultancy roles, practised as a therapist, and is now a publisher, having established Two Ravens Press in November 2006. She has a degree in psychology, a PhD in neuroscience, and more recently she completed an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2008 she was selected as a ‘woman of achievement’ to attend the prestigious Woman of the Year lunch in London.
Once upon a time in the great American south-west Sharon Blackie struggled to obtain a pilot’s licence to overcome a fear of flying. This experience became the foundation for her first novel, The Long Delirious Burning Blue.
Blackie was co-editor of Riptide: New Writing from the Highlands and Islands and editor of Cleave: New Writing by Women in Scotland. She is also translator from the French of renowned Franco-American author Raymond Federman’s memoir of and tribute to his friend, Samuel Beckett: The Sam Book.
With her husband David, Blackie founded Two Ravens Press which is now under new ownership.
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