Oyinda Aro

Hello, I’m Oyinda, an odd body who has written everyday since the age of 8. I know I was that age, as I tended to keep all my scribblings and had the habit of dating each sheet of paper.

A lot of my work today is derived from ideas I had during childhood.

I was born in Hampstead, London and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, where I climbed trees, rode horses, got chased by wasps, and ran around barefoot with my dogs.

In Nigeria, I spent a lot of time in my grandfather’s study, soaking up every bit of information I could from encyclopaedias, as well as reading every book, journal, and article I could find.

Some of my summers and winters were spent in Highgate, where I have some fond memories. When I was in my late teens, I was sent to school in North Yorkshire, where I realised my immense dislike for field hockey and outdoor sports.

My mum was kind enough to lend me her typewriter from time to time to write my stories, and as soon as I was old and competent enough, I had access to computers. However I have always preferred long hand as I connect to the characters and stories better.

When I’m not at my writing desk, working on my latest manuscript, I like to relax by taking long country hikes with my dogs, horse riding in the woods, sewing, and reupholstering furniture.

These days, I’ve returned to Highgate, where I live right by the woods, and I still write my first draft by hand.

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November 8th, 2020 by