Val Ormrod lives near Chepstowand has won awards in a variety of competitions including the Gloucestershire Writers Network, Mid-Somerset Festival, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and the Bridport Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and her memoir In My Father’s Memory, was shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit prize. In 2018 she won the Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction prize and was runner-up in the Val Wood short story prize. Her stories and poems have featured in various publications including Writing, Stroud Short Stories,Graffiti, Eye Flash Poetry, Hammond House Poetry and in several anthologies of tales from the Forest of Dean. She runs workshops both in schools and for adults and helps run the annual Mitcheldean Poetry Festival. Last year she also helped organise a Writing for Peace event at Tintern Abbey for which she is currently putting together an anthology, and was a judge for the Coleford Festival of Words and Wales U3A Short Story competitions. She has read at Cheltenham Literary Festival, Novel Nights in Bristol, Carers UK in London, a Grenfell Tower memorial event in Newport and for Corinium Radio. For light relief she blogs about her rescue dog Poppy and three cats.