Melanie Whipman is an Associate Lecturer and PhD student. Her stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her MA in Creative Writing was awarded the Kate Betts Prize.  She has lived in Germany, France and Israel, and has had a variety of careers including selling hair transplants, cleaning water slides, and working on a crocodile farm. She is now settled in a Surrey village with her teenage twins, dog, cats and chickens. She doesn’t have room for a llama just yet. Her first collection, Llama Sutra is scheduled for publication soon.