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|Born||South Carolina, USA|
|Period||Past, Present and Future|
|Genre||Adult and Children's Fiction and Non-fiction; Travel, Fantasy, Science Fiction; Poetry|
|Subject||folklore, theology/philosophy, environment/ecology|
Amy Corzine is an American fiction and non-fiction writer and poet. Her first book was a Cadogan travel guide to Ireland for families in which she included stories she wrote based on Irish folktales. After that, Watkins Publishing commissioned her for 'The Secret Life of the Universe: The Quest for the Soul of Science'. Then Classical Comics asked her to adapt Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' into graphic novel form.
Amy Corzine spent most of her younger days in Texas. Mythology, fairy tales, music and poetry interested her from the beginning and she spent much of her youth writing poems and playlets and working in local theatre while working outside school hours saving money for a trip to England.
After a year studying Drama at The University of Texas (UT Austin), she studied Irish culture and literature in Ireland and travelled in Europe, but later returned to complete a BA in English Literature. In 1985 she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University's British Studies Centre in London, which included study at University College Dublin's Irish Folklore Department and Yeats Summer School in Ireland.
She also developed teaching and performing skills, notably through the Waldorf Institute in New York and the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Early in her working life in the US, she began writing and editing professionally. Eventually she went to London to become a teacher in an independent primary school. Her plan was to develop her storytelling skills while nurturing the imaginations and resilience of the children under her tutelage. Then she moved on to hold a number of jobs in the UK, from reading scripts for the film industry and editing books to being a PR executive and writing consultant.
She has made appearances at a range of venues, often sharing her poetry.
Apart from reviewing others' books – including 'A Poet's Love Song to Nature' – she has written about the experience of reworking a classic novel for publication as a graphic novel for reluctant readers – an endeavour that was described as a fabulous job.
- Take the Kids: Ireland. Cadogan Guides, London. 2004. p. 308. ISBN 978-1-86011-110-5.
- Take the Kids: Ireland. Cadogan Guides, London. 2006. p. 308. ISBN 978-1-86011-315-4.
- Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - The Graphic Novel - Original Text. Classical Comics, UK. 2008. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-906332-06-8.
- The Secret Life of the Universe: The Quest for the Soul of Science, Watkins Publishing, UK. 2008. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-905857-65-4.
Work with Walden Writers
Amy Corzine set up the Walden Writers co-operative with local author Martyn Everett in 2008 to promote the work of its members and organise literary events. Out of that grew a literary magazine and, in recent years, a writers' workshop, which meets monthly. Other members of Walden Writers include travel writer and novelist Jane Wilson-Howarth; children's authors Rosemary Hayes, Penny Speller, Victor Watson (author); biographer Clare Mulley; historians Martyn Everett, Lizzie Sanders, Jeremy Collingwood and Jacqueline Cooper; non-fiction author Gabrielle Palmer and novelists Saumya Balsari, Carol Frazer, Rik Gammack, Barry Kaufmann and JoJo Moyes. Recently (summer 2017) Corzine, Hayes, Watson and Wilson-Howarth collaborated on a feature on writing for children for Juno magazine.
- Review article One about The Secret Life of the Universe
- Review article Two about The Secret Life of the Universe
- Walden Writers One: an anthology of short stories, poetry and articles of interest. Walden Writers, UK. Spring 2009.
- Walden Writers Two: an anthology of short stories, poetry and articles of interest. Walden Writers, UK. Autumn 2009.
- Amy Corzine author website
- Expat Poetry
- Tears in the Fence. Awen Publications, UK. 2009. ISSN 0266-5816.
- Held in Thrall
- Chrisbookarma review
- Walden Writers in Essex Book Festival
- Walden Writers site
- Walden Writers on facebook