Aoife Mannix was born in Sweden of Irish parents. She grew up in Dublin, Ottawa and New York before moving to the UK. Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published in 2008. She is the author of four collections of poetry; The Trick of Foreign Words (2002), The Elephant in the Corner (2005), Growing Up An Alien (2007) and Turn The Clocks Upside Down (2008). She regularly features on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has been writer in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Poetry School, Spread the Word, All Change and Apples and Snakes. She has performed throughout the UK including at Latitude, the Big Chill, and Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has toured internationally with the British Council to China, Latvia, Nigeria, Turkey, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Norway and Austria.
In 2012 she developed Misunderstood Monsters, a children’s show for 4 - 8s with music by Janie Armour and site specific digital game playing by Andrew Wilson. Originally developed in association with Apples and Snakes and Half Moon, this piece is now touring nationally. For further details click here.
She has been commissioned to write a blog for City Read London’s celebration of Charles Dickens, www.cityreadlondon.org.uk. She was part of the ‘Speechless’ tour, a British Council and Apples & Snakes commission. Her show ‘Growing Up An Alien’, produced by Apples and Snakes and supported by Arts Council England, premiered at the Southbank Centre’s 2007 London Literature festival before touring the UK.
To find out more, please visit her website www.aoifemannix.com
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She is an experienced workshop leader, writer’s tutor and mentor for young people and adults. She has experience working in arts centres, primary and secondary schools, libraries, youth centres, and young offenders’ institutes. Organisations she has run workshops and mentoring sessions for include Apples & Snakes, the Poetry School, the British Council, Spread the Word, Writers Centre Norwich, Anglia Ruskin University, Goldsmiths University of London, Southbank Centre, All Change, Keats House, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Creative Partnerships, Poet in the City, the British Library, the Roundhouse, the BBC, the Royal Court and the University of Melbourne.