Dreda Say Mitchell
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Born in London to Grenadian parents, Mitchell grew up on an estate in the East End and attended a Catholic girls' school.  She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in African history, and then trained as a teacher. Afterward she completed a creative writing course at Goldsmiths, University of London .   She also works as an education consultant and "has a passion for raising the life chances for all working-class children".
She is the author of five novels, with her debut book, Running Hot, awarded The Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Dagger for best first-time crime novel in Britain in 2005. Her second novel, Killer Tune, was voted one of Elle magazine's top ten reads, 2007, and her fifth book, Hit Girls, was voted a top ten book of 2011 by Reviewing The Evidence. She contributed a short story, "The Hotline", to the Mystery Writers of America’s anthology Vengeance, edited by Lee Child. Mitchell has also written for radio.
She has sat in for Mariella Frostrup to present BBC Radio 4's Open Book and presented Radio 3's The Sunday Feature strand looking at life on housing estates. She has appeared as a guest and commentator on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Saturday Review, Simon Mayo Show, Night Waves, Four Thought, BBC Radio London, and is a frequent contributor on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row.
She has written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer, on issues ranging from race and class to Phil Mitchell's drug addiction in EastEnders. She was the book judge for the Index on Censorship awards, 2007. She is a patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women in the UK.
- Hit Girls, 2011, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-99322-4
- Gangster Girl, 2010, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-99320-0
- Geezer Girls, 2009, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-93711-2
- Killer Tune, 2007, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-93708-2
- Running Hot, 2004, Maia Press.
- Christina Patterson, "Dreda Say Mitchell: The star schoolgirl athlete who leapt over higher hurdles to succeed in crime fiction", The Independent, 31 August 2007.
- Dreda Say Mitchell biography at Gregory & Company.
- Patrons, SI Leeds Literary Prize.
- Official website
- BBC Woman's Hour interview
- Meabh Ritchie, "Still running hot", interview for TES connect, 12 October, 2009.
- Laura Harman, "In search of Dreda Say Mitchell" (interview), Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine, 5 August 2010.
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