Maggie Gee OBE is a novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has published twelve novels, including The Ice People, My Cleaner, My Driver and The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and International Impac Prize, collected short stories, The Blue, and a writer’s memoir, My Animal Life (2010). Her most recent novel is Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (2014), which brings Virginia Woolf back to life in New York and Istanbul.
Her next novel, provisionally called Luke’s Tale, continues the ‘climate change’ theme of her earlier books The Ice People, Where Are the Snows and The Flood. It will, by some magic she hasn’t yet achieved, bring together Neanderthals driven by a cooling Europe down to Gibraltar’s Gorham’s Cave, the ‘black’ Goyas, and climate refugees of the late 21st century. If that sounds impossible, she has always enjoyed a challenge. Born on the coast, she loves shore-lines and is fascinated by the culture, history and ecology of Gibraltar.
Maggie’s books have been translated into 14 languages; in 2012 an international conference about her writing was held at St Andrew's University, and in the same year she was awarded the OBE for services to literature. She is married to Nicholas Rankin.