Cherry Gilchrist is an author whose themes include mythology, alchemy, life stories, personal relationships, and Russian culture. She is a graduate of Cambridge University, and was awarded a post-graduate diploma from the University of Bath Spa.
Her broad range of titles covers books both for adults and children, such as the popular Stories from the Silk Road, the well-known Elements of Alchemy, and the award-winning Calendar of Festivals. Many years of visting Russia to research traditional culture there resulted in The Soul of Russia. Her latest book, Growing Your Family Tree, is a guide to discovering personal roots and family history, and explores the place of ancestry in our lives. It follows Your Life, Your Story: Writing your Life Story for Family and Friends, reflecting Cherry’s long-standing interest in personal narratives (see Books page for publishers and full details).
Cherry is also an experienced writing tutor and lecturer. At present, she teaches creative writing and life writing for the Universities of Oxford and Exeter, and at a variety of venues and summer schools. She also acts as a consultant, giving one-to-one writing tuition. As a lecturer, she offers a variety of topics relating to the themes of her books. Venues for her talks have included the Temenos Academy, NADFAS, and the British Council, the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Chateau La Creuzette in France, plus museums, festivals, colleges and cruise ships.
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