Amanda Smyth is Irish-Trinidadian and was educated in England. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000. Her short stories and poetry have been published in New Writing, London Magazine, the TLS and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Amanda was awarded an Arts Council grant to write her first novel, Black Rock, which was published by Serpent's Tail in 2009 and sold in six territories. In the UK it was ed for Waterstones New Voices in the US as one of Oprah's Summer Reads for 2009 and shortlisted for an NAACP Award in France it reached the second shortlist for the Prix Femina Etranger and won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger 2010. Creative England are funding the development of Black Rock, the film, with Shona Auerbach directing. A Kind of Eden, Amanda's second novel, was published by Serpent's Tail in July 2013.