International Women’s Day: how one Black Country writer fought back

Recently I was interviewed by Louise Palfreyman, the Writer in Residence at the University of Wolverhampton.

It was wonderful to finally have a one-to-one chat with another writer and even better to have this interview come out of our conversation.

I’m excited to share it with you.

Arts Foundry

Annika Spalding has overcome challenges most people will never have to face. A mother of two young children, she has put her own childhood experiences behind her to forge a career as a writer, broadcaster and blogger, teaching life-affirming skills to women who, like her, have experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse.

It was the publication of her first book Shattered Dreams which first saw Annika grow in confidence. She works with women at projects in the Black Country, helping them believe that they too can recover from violent pasts.

Annika, who at just 27 had written and self-published four books before joining the Creative and Professional Writing degree at the University of Wolverhampton, said: ‘I felt empowered by writing and publishing my first book, and it opened up so many opportunities that I wanted to share the good feeling with other people.

Annika speaking at the Amirah Foundation


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  1. Chelle says:

    Wow! Sometimes we go hard times so that we can show people out of the hard times that we’ve been through. This was an excellent example. Congratulations to you and your future endeavors! God bless you.


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