Charlotte Gringras spent years teaching and studying, including an MA in Jewish Studies at Manchester, recently. On attending her first creative writing group, seven years ago, she was hooked immediately, subsequently joining the award-winning writing circle, Womanswrite, in Manchester. The city has nurtured her feminist tendencies and is where her attitude and her feet are firmly based; it also sets the scene for her first novel, The Purple Rose. Including the novel, Charlotte’s writing has had some success. A short play broadcast on local radio, two short stories and over twenty poems published and encouragement from family, provide great incentive.