Brenda Townsend Hall is a graduate of the Universities of London (BA honors) and Southampton (doctorate). Having meandered through the educational world as a lecturer in English literature and then a language trainer, she crossed the English Channel and settled with her husband, a musicologist, in deepest rural France. For a while she continued language training in French companies and started producing teaching materials and translating.
Following the acceptance of her first piece of creative writing, a verse play, The Crane, by BBC Radio 3 in 1992, she has continued to produce poetry, short stories, a welter of feature articles and a novel (published by Zander Ebooks, Necklace of Warm Snow is a finalist in the 2003 EPPIE awards). Now a full-time freelance writer and editor, she earns her bread and butter by specializing in the environment, sustainable development and issues relating to the European Union. However, she continues to write fiction and has just embarked on a novel set in the seventeenth century. Future projects she has in mind include a travel guide to the Gascony region in which she lives and another novel in which she intends to abandon realism for fantasy.
As a British writer living in France she suffered a sense of isolation and so had the idea for the website, Worlds Apart Review, which she co-hosts with another British writer, Valerie Collins, who lives in Spain. The website features the work of other international writers and provides a supportive base for writers wherever they may be.