Laura Mucha worked as a face painter, studied flying trapeze, philosophy and psychology, and swam in Antarctica before becoming a lawyer for an international law firm. She now spends most of her time writing for children.
In 2016, she won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize, and her non-fiction and poetry have been widely published around the world. Her poems have been illustrated by Chris Riddell, set to music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and performed by Helena Bonham Carter. They’ve appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and last year Poetry Ireland featured her alongside Jackie Kay as one of eight poets displayed on the Dublin overground.
Laura’s debut picture book, Rita’s Rabbit, is due to be published by Faber in 2021, and her debut poetry collection, Dear Ugly Sisters, by Otter-Barry Books in 2020.
Laura also writes for adults. Her first non-fiction book, Love Factually (UK and Australia) / Love Understood (US) was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year. Laura narrated the audiobook for Audible and has appeared on, among others, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, WNYC, ABC Australia and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. The book explores love by combining academic research with interviews she conducted with hundreds of strangers across 40 countries on every continent.
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