Born in California, Andrea has lived most of her life in Hastings and has worked as a Parliamentary caseworker and a legal secretary. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and is a Creative Writing Tutor at Bexhill College. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in literary magazines including The Rialto and she has won national competitions, most notably the Peterloo Prize. Her poetry collection Cradle Song was published in 2011, and has now been reprinted by Silverhill Press. She is currently working on a memoir based not only on memories of growing up in Hastings but reflecting the wider history of the town.