Eloise Williams grew up opposite a library in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf, where she spent much of her time reading in the ruins of a castle.
Her middle grade novels have won the Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year, the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award, the YBB Book Award, and have been shortlisted for the Tir na nOg, the NE Book Awards and Wales Book of the Year.
She has an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Swansea University and was the inaugural Children’s Laureate Wales 2019-2021.
Eloise now lives in West Wales, very close to the sea, where she wild swims, collects sea glass and ghost stories, and walks on the beach with her cairn terrier, Watson Jones.
I lived opposite a library when I was young. It was my favourite place in the world. My sister – Jo, came with me to choose books.
I read anything and everything. When I wasn’t reading I made other people read to me. My mother is reading me a lovely bedtime story here as she smokes a cigarette. This is what people did in the Seventies.
I’ve always been into magical stuff and wanted to grow up to be a witch.
I tried pretty hard with my costumes and turnip lanterns.
We used turnips instead of pumpkins when we were young because you couldn’t get pumpkins easily then.
I ended up being a happy writer instead of a witch and finding all the magic I needed in books!
I get lots of the inspiration for my writing from the landscape and wildlife around me.
And I write lots about my love of the theatre too.
I hope you enjoy finding out more about my characters and stories.