This Is Why


"As I read something happened. The story stopped being mine..."

Writer Anne Summerfield started writing nearly 40 years ago, but it was when she finally read her work out loud that she discovered her voice as an author. In this inspiring piece for 100 voices for 100 years, Anne shares her story, and reveals what has kept her going for so long. 

Anne Summerfield gave up working as a technical writer in the computer industry to study for an MA in Modern Fiction at Exeter University. She taught Creative Writing at the Open University. Last century she won an Asham Award and a Jerwood/Arvon New Writing bursary and had stories in Virago and Serpent’s Tail anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her poem ‘I go with my grandfather to a Belgian brothel’ was shortlisted for the first Mslexia poetry competition and republished in the 2017 Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. She is married with two grown up children and lives in Hampshire.