Tanya Byrne’s debut young adult novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, was published by Headline in May 2012 and earned her a nomination for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards.

Since then, she has written four other young adult novels and has contributed to several short story anthologies including A Change is Gonna Come, which was named Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week and was honoured with a Special Achievement Award by the YA Book Prize.

As a brown, queer, working class author, she is determined not to pull the ladder up after her so is passionate about encouraging authors from marginalised backgrounds to tell their own stories and making publishing more open to everyone.

Her latest novel, Afterlove, is out now. It’s currently being adapted for television.


Twitter: @tanyabyrne

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