Dr Melissa Addey



Melissa spent fifteen years in business, mainly focused on innovation, developing new products and mentoring entrepreneurs, during which time she also completed a Masters in Creative Talents and Solutions. After becoming a fulltime author Melissa was the Leverhulme Trust 2016 Writer in Residence for the British Library, a guest blogger over three months for Mslexia writing magazine and developed an HG Wells' themed poster trail for the Imagine arts festival.

Currently Melissa is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Surrey which includes writing The Garden of Perfect Brightness, a novel set in 1700s China. She also runs workshops at the British Library.

You can try her historical writing by downloading The Consorts from her website: http://www.melissaaddey.com/free

Research interests

How authors of historical fiction balance accuracy and fiction


Melissa is the seminar tutor for:

  • Theories of Reading II



The Consorts, historical novella

The Fragrant Concubine, historical novel and Editor's Choice at the Historical Novel Society


The Storytelling Entrepreneur

Merchandise for Authors

The Happy Commuter, featured on BBC Radio and in The Evening Standard.