About

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Alex Mullarky is a writer and veterinary nurse. She studied English at St Andrews in Scotland and Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Her pronouns are she/her.

She loves working with animals and divides her time between caring for pets and wildlife and writing for children and adults. When she’s not working she loves walking, wild swimming and planting trees. She plays roller derby with Auld Reekie.

Her wife is Australian and together they lived in Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges for five years, but are now based in Edinburgh. They have a Kelpie named Finn, two cats named Pepper and Gansey, and a horse called Rouk who currently resides down under.

Alex was very fortunate to stumble across a poster for the New Lines Playwriting Competition outside her local library in Whitehaven, Cumbria, when she was a teenager. As one of the winners she went on to write two plays with wonderful mentors that subsequently toured the north of England.

The children’s fantasy screenplay she wrote during her Master’s was a semi-finalist for the BlueCat Joplin Award and among the top 50 entries for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016. As one of the highest-scoring women, Alex was invited by the Academy to attend the Writers’ Guild Festival in Hollywood in 2017.

Alex loves rambling and camping, wild animals and wild places, so for a long time she dreamed about becoming a National Geographic Explorer. In 2017 she was awarded an NGS grant with which she planned and led an expedition among reintroduced wild horses in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains.

She is represented by Zoë Plant of the Bent Agency.

Short Bio

Alex Mullarky is an author, playwright and veterinary nurse who loves creating stories about nature and magic. Raised in Cumbria, she studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Alex now lives on the edge of Edinburgh with four Australians (two cats, one dog, one human) and can be found walking with her dog, swimming (sometimes with seals) and playing roller derby. The Sky Beneath the Stone is her debut novel.