Ali Thurm is a novelist, poet and teacher. Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, and in 2016 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her first poetry collection was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press debut poetry collection in 2015.

Ali completed City University's Novel Studio course in 2013, where she worked on the draft of her first novel, One Scheme of Happiness, which will be published by Retreat West Books in 2020. Set on the isolated Yorkshire coast, it is a dark tale of delusion, dressing-up and Jane Austen.

She is currently working on her second novel, Jacob's Ladder, which explores complex family relationships and one man's struggle to bring up his troubled niece in post-war austerity London.

Born in Tynemouth, Newcastle, Ali came to London for a short time thirty years ago and has been there ever since. You can follow her on Twitter @alithurm and she blogs and reviews books at