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Madibaland World Literary Festival: Anna Downes


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Anna Downes was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, and worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing, appearing in BBC TV shows such as Eastenders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe. She has degrees from both Manchester University (Drama) and RADA (Acting). She has been published in the Zodiac Literary Review, shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. The Safe Place was inspired by Anna’s experiences working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate. Website