Shelley McAlister lives in Yarmouth. She writes poetry and short fiction and had a short series on Radio 4. She has published stories and poems in commerical magazines and in literary publications such as The Rialto, The Interpreter's House, Magma, iota and Orbis.
Her first collection of poetry is Sailing Under False Colours, published by Arrowhead Press in 2004.
Shelley won second place prizes in the 2009 Virginia Warbey poetry competition, and in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry in Medicine in 2012. She was commended for the Hippocrates Prize in 2010, 2013 and 2014. She was shortlisted for the Arvon short story prize in 2012 and for the Bridport Prize in microfiction in 2011.
Now retired, Shelley spent 25 years working for The Open University. She is a wild swimmer and spends way too much time working on her bench blog at