Nicola Garrard spent fifteen years teaching in challenging schools in London where she worked with both the victims and perpetrators of knife crime. She is a lesbian and a parent of three children with English and Indian-Trinidadian heritage. She writes poetry, YA and adult fiction. Her poetry was awarded a prize by Carol Ann Duffy in the 2018 PBS Poetry Competition. Her debut novel, Twenty-Nine Locks, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019. It was published by Hope Road in June 2021.