Dee Larkin took one of the first undergraduate writing modules at Manchester University with Richard Francis and Michael Schmidt in the early 90s. She returned in 2000 to take an MA in Novel Writing, this time under the tutelage of Suzannah Dunn and Anna Davis. The novel she began there was reworked and rewritten several times in the years that followed, in between her other commitments as a mother, teacher and proof-reader.
In 2014 she decided a new approach was needed. Accordingly, she set her alarm clock for 5am, ditched the old novel and wrote for two hours before work each day on something new. Departure of the Queen of Idioms is the result. A tale of a dysfunctional, second generation Irish family growing up in 1970s England, it describes the plight of the Cleary children who wake up one morning to find that their beloved mother has disappeared. What follows is the account of their disastrous, sometimes hilarious efforts to find her.
Dee has had short stories published in anthologies by Serpent’s Tail, Honno Press, Black Lace and Cleis Press as well as in the Mslexia magazine. She is currently working on her third novel, The Stoltzfus. Aimed at older children, it is a dark tale that deals with the issue of whether we can ever truly escape from the stigma of our past.