Deborah is an award-winning theatre practitioner turned novelist. Most notably her theatrical adaptation of Dream State: The New Scottish Poets won a Scotsman Fringe First Award; she established the first year-round Deaf Youth Theatre in the UK; and she co-founded Solar Bear theatre company (of which she was Artistic Director 2002-09). Her knowledge of the theatre world inspired her debut novel Walking the Lights (a feminist Withnail and I), published by Freight Books in 2016 and runner-up in the Guardian Not the Booker Prize. Born in Windsor, Deborah moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She went on to work as a performer, director, workshop facilitator and writer, and gained an MLitt (Distinction) and an AHRC-funded PhD in creative writing from Glasgow University. She now lives in Lancaster where she teaches creative writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and she is currently writing her second novel.