Dini Armstrong

Born in Germany in 1969 to a Dutch mother and a British father, Dini worked in journalism until her move to the UK in 1998. For the past twenty-odd years, she has worked as a counsellor in mental health, an area that has provided an endless source of inspiration for her writing. In 2020, she completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and her novel 'Why Daisy set the Hermit on Fire' was shortlisted for the First Novel Prize in 2021.

During the pandemic, Dini co-founded the literary ezine 'Makarelle', which provided a platform for emerging visual artists and writers.

Dini has published a number of short stories and flash fiction, including the self-published collaboration 'Ghosts in the Toolbox', with illustrator Sarah Armstrong, with whom she has also created the children's book 'Kaoru' on the subject of gender fluidity (unpublished).
Dini has written several short plays (unpublished) and has recorded an audio version of her story 'Longing for a Blether' for the Scottish Book Trust. She has also performed live online at the Californian Boca de Oro art and literature festival.

Dini is currently working on her second novel.