Syd Moore

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Syd Moore

Syd Moore grew up in and lives in Essex where her Essex Witch Museum mysteries are set. She has had a lifelong fascination with witchcraft and each of the books in her series draws on real-life mysteries and historical events.

For nine years prior to crime writing she was a lecturer, worked in the publishing industry and presented Channel 4’s book programme, Pulp. Syd was founding editor of Level 4, a magazine for arts and culture, and co-creator of Superstrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes.

In 2017 she founded the Essex Girls Liberation Front, which aims to change the definition of an Essex Girl and the stereotype of women of Essex, and has spoken on radio, television, political panels and at festivals and universities about the stereotype and problems that face women today. She is also a UK ambassador for DINNødhjælp, the Danish charity that helps Nigerian ‘witch’ children.

Interviewed 24 August 2019

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Varied, exciting, surprising, worrying, blood, sweat and tears. And laughs.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

1. Lots and lots of overgrown ivy
2. My new hammock in its frame
3. Two Victorian chimneys
4. Next door’s cat, Delilah, playing with a heart-shaped leaf
5. One plastic skull on a pile of Strange Tombs
6. The underbellies of dove-grey clouds
7. A glass of chilled pinot
8. 35 World War II Dakota planes commemorating the D-Day landings
9. One concerned seagull

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?


Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Millicent Fawcett
Daphne du Maurier
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jude Kelly
David Bowie
Jay McInerney

Six things you can't live without ...

The British Library
My laptop

Five favourite words ...

L’onion, pareidolia, chipati, glamour, mystery

Four places you'd run away to ...

The wind shelter opposite the Halfway House in Thorpe Bay, Southend
The island of Formentera
The 1920s

Three books you've bought recently ...

Someone You Know by Olivia Isaac-Henry
Breakers by Doug Johnstone
The Closer I Get by Paul Burston

Two things that make you rant ...

Essex Girl jokes

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

‘Don’t panic. Everything will be all right’.