Queen’s Park local Yvonne Bailey-Smith has lived in North West London for 45 years. For the past 20 years she has been a practicing psychotherapist working with children, young people and couples. A mother of three and grandmother of four, she has been writing for many years. Her short story based on her early childhood experiences in Jamaica was recently published in the New Daughters of Africa anthology and her forthcoming novel The Day I Fell Off My Island is due to be published by Myriad later this year.
Local writers Deirdre Shanahan and Yvonne Bailey-Smith reveal the secrets of writing and talk about their first novels, both published this year, in conversation with the novelist and playwright Penny Faith.