KELLY PUNTON @kpuntonbooks
Kelly Punton is a writer and an English teacher in the East Midlands. She reads and writes stories, plays, and poetry. Originally from Lincoln, Kelly now lives with her husband in a small town in Nottinghamshire. They also run a creative project called KLUMA.
Kelly enjoys being playful with form and language, and especially enjoys writing in magical realism and speculative fiction genres. She is fascinated by how both the extraordinary and the ordinary are essential to the human experience.
When Strange Calls You Home is her first collection of short stories.
Her short play Ours/Yours was performed and produced across the East Midlands as part of the ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Production with New Perspectives Theatre Company (as part of the Emerging Perspectives Programme).
Runner Up for Lincoln Book Festival's Flash Fiction Competition - July 2020 Shortlisted for Mind Short Story Competition - June 2019 Reader's Choice - Finalist (Didcot Writers) - November 2018 First Story Festive Rhyme Winner - December 2016 Ours/ Yours - A Short Play as part of Behind Closed Doors EP Company tour with New Perspectives Theatre Company - July 2014 Writer on Attachment with New Perspectives Theatre Company - January to June 2014 Writer's Bootcamp with Literary Manager Rob Drummer & HighTide Festival Theatre - October 2013 A Short, Lovely Tragicomic Play about The Short, Lovely Tragicomic Life of a Middle-Class Woman - The Pink Mist - April 2013 Fringebiscuit's Young Writer's Training Scheme, Edinburgh Fringe Festival - August 2012 BA (Hons) English and Drama, Loughborough University - 2010 to 2013 Funniest Female Award, The Priory LSST Sixth Form Awards - June 2010
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.” – Kurt Vonnegut