After studying English Language and Literature at Manchester University, she worked for a number of years as a freelance editor and copywriter. She began teaching in 2010, both as a private tutor and for Norfolk County Council’s further and adult education services, teaching a range of Creative Writing courses and helping to design and deliver their Access to Higher Education: Literature and Journalism Diploma.
Lynsey is the chairperson of ScriptEast, a group of local screenwriters, and runs writing events and workshops at locations such as the Maddermarket Theatre and The Garage centre for performing arts. She has been a guest lecturer for the UEA, and an editor for the Lighthouse Literary Journal. In 2016 she was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Lynsey has published both poetry and prose, including non-fiction. She has won two international awards for her short fiction: the prestigious Bridport Short Story Prize in 2002, and a Canongate Prize for new writing. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize. In 2013 she was selected by Writers’ Centre Norwich for an Escalator Literature Award, and received a grant from Arts Council England towards the completion of her first novel. Her most recent work appears in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology for 2018.
Lynsey is currently assembling a collection of short fiction on the theme of cautionary tales, and collating the best material from her writing workshops towards a Creative Writing textbook.