Felicity Notley



Cornwall has been my home for the last twelve years and for five of them I worked at the independent bookshop, the Falmouth Bookseller. At about this time I started to write my first novel.

The creative through-line of my life started with painting in Toulouse, France and ultimately led me to Falmouth, Cornwall, where I began to make short films and to write.


Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing (editor), The History Press, April 2018

Novel extract, UEA Creative Writing MA Anthology, Prose Fiction & Non-Fiction, Oct 2016

Return of a King, I was reading Rumi, poems, Fenland Reed, Issue 2, Spring 2016

I turn on my own axis, short story, Audiotor: Minions Lament, June 2014

The Foot, short story, Tribe Magazine, 2013

Martha and Perry’s Friday Night Jaunts, short story, The Parabola Project Volume I Issue II, 2011

If I do not write again this morning, poem, Spirit of Cornwall, 2011

His Life, poem, Inspired Minds, 2010


Bridport Prize for Poetry, shortlisted, October 2015

Seth Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, September 2015

LiteratureWorks First Page Prize, 2nd place, December 2014

Mslexia Novel Competition, longlisted, October 2013

Barrington Green Short Story Prize, August 2011


The Great Estate (2017); Port Eliot Festival (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014,2015); St Ives Literary Festival (2015)

Shorts and screenings

Promotional video for Pirates of the Carabina: FLOWN, January 2013

Crinoline a two-screen installation featuring dancers Verena van der Berg and Alison Donkin, Falmouth University, January 2013

Enchanted Spaces, Redruth, June 2011

Eine Kleine Frau, original music by Julian Gaskell, screened at: The Poly Falmouth, May 2011; International Film Festival of Fine Arts, Szolnok, Hungary, September 2010; Cornwall Film Festival, November 2009

White Cherry, screened at: O-Region Roughcut Golowan, Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance, June 2008; Candid Arts Cafe, Islington, London, April 2008; Cornwall Film Festival, November 2007


University College Falmouth BA Fine Art exhibition at the Poly, Falmouth, January 2009

Nine Exhibition at Leaf, Falmouth, September 2007

Hampstead School of Art, London: Group exhibition, July 2006

The University Women’s Club, Mayfair, London, June-August 2006

University College School Celebration of Creativity, Hampstead, London, May 2005

Hampstead School of Art, London, July 2005

Ecole des Beaux Arts, Toulouse, France, Foundation Year Show, June 1993

Teaching, Tuition and Workshops

I provide one-to-one tuition and lead workshops in Creative Writing.

Higher Education: Study Skills Tutor for Falmouth & Exeter Combined Universities since 2013.

Schools: Teach Norfolk; Concorde Teaching Bank; Akiva School; University College School Junior Branch; Palmers Green High School

EFL: Hampstead School of English; Studio School of English; St Giles College; Cultural Homestay in Europe; Oxford College International; Anglo-World Education; ECC Thailand; Islington Jobreach and Language Training Projects

Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, with Distinction, Birkbeck College, University of London, Sept 2005-June 2006

RSA/UCLES Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, St Giles College, London, April 1996


Editorial and book trade

PenguinReedCollins & Brown

Falmouth Bookseller

Editor with Emma Timpany of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing

Guest editor for Tribe Magazine

I edited the following children’s books:

The Amberstone Dragon by author and illustrator Mary Griffin

There's An Alien in My Wardrobe by Kimberly Oram

Marazion's Magical Mount by author and illustrator Angelina Rose


University of East Anglia, MA Creative Writing Prose Fiction

University College Falmouth, BA Fine Art

Canterbury Christ Church University College, PGCE

Ecole des Beaux Arts, Toulouse, Fine Art Foundation

Durham University, BA German, French & Philosophy


ATL; ALCS; Falmouth Poetry Group