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Die BoothMy name is Die and I am a liar.  I first started lying at a very young age when I would record stories about owls onto C90 cassettes for my Nan. I lied right through the dreary, rain-soaked battlegrounds of primary and secondary school (after a brief affair with poetry, which we won’t mention here) and then completed a degree in lying at Liverpool John Moores University.

After university I wrote a terrible novel and got a job that was a lot more boring than my previous jobs of making shoes for antique dolls, restoring picture frames and singing in horror punk bands. My first published lie was in 2006 when ‘The Dust Bunnies’ came runner-up in the Cheshire Prize for Literature. This greatly encouraged me in my lying endeavors and I’ve since had two more lies feature in Cheshire Prize anthologies, plus numerous other publications in magazines and collections. These include several published in various anthologies from The Fiction Desk, which is a publication I like very much.

In 2011 I co-edited the ‘Re-Vamp’ online project and anthology with fellow liar L.C. Hu which was a proud achievement for us both.

My novel ‘Spirit Houses’ launched in 2013 and is the biggest, fattest fib you’ve ever laid eyes on. Since then I have also released into the wild ‘365 Lies’, a collection of one lie documented each day in 2013. All profits go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and I would love for you to get amongst it. Also available is my single author collection ‘My Glass is Runn’ and a couple of little six-word-story pamphlets ‘Matchbook’ and ‘Flashcard Riot’ which are free while supplies last.

In 2018 I got through to the first round of Write Now Live, a scheme run by Penguin Random House, to discover and mentor authors from marginalised groups.

When not lying, I mainly enjoy exploring dark places, running across hillsides, making questionable sartorial decisions, DJing and dancing badly in goth clubs, perving on Jacobean architecture, tea, cake, sunshine and absurd humour.

I am also proud to be the current chairman of long-running liars club Chester Writers, which runs monthly and is free to attend.

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