Naomi Foyle is a science fiction novelist, verse dramatist and prize-winning poet. Born in London, Naomi grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Saskatchewan, and after a decade of globetrotting settled in Brighton, where she now lives a pebble’s throw from the sea. Her first novel, cyberchiller Seoul Survivors (Jo Fletcher Books 2013), drew on her experience of living and working in South Korea. Travels to South East Anatolia, Israel and the West Bank informed Astra (JFB 2014), a coming-of-age story set in a post-fossil fuel parallel Mesopotamia. The first volume of the Gaia Chronicles, Astra will be followed in 2015 by Rook Song, an polyphonic account of a disabled intifada in a war-torn refugee camp. Naomi’s poetry publications include The Night Pavilion, a 2008 Poetry Society Recommendation, and The World Cup (2010) both from Waterloo Press. She is also the author of the bouffon opera libretto Hush (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto 1990) and a short verse drama, ‘The Strange Wife’, produced by the Bush Theatre as part of 66 Books: 21st C Writers Speak to the King James Bible (Oberon Books 2011). A prizewinner in the 2012 RSPB Nature Poetry competition, for her ‘poetry and essays about Ukraine’, Naomi was one of the global recipients of the 2014 Hyrhorii Skovoroda Award.
Naomi is also a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English at the University of Chichester and, as co-ordinator of British Writers in Support of Palestine, a vocal advocate of a just peace in Israel-Palestine. Since 2000 Naomi has also been a proud member of Brighton’s famous street culture, reading Tarot Cards from her purple and gold stall on East St in the Lanes.