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Briony Cameron is a queer disabled writer based in Cardiff. Her father was of Jamaican, Panamanian and Cuban heritage and her mother is of English and Welsh heritage. She studied English and Creative Writing at University, graduating in 2020. She has a keen love of history that began with her first reading of The Three Musketeers as a child. She has been writing since she could pick up a pencil, first emulating the comic books her dad raised her on before moving on to novels. In 2020 her short story, The Nantes Affair, was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Short Story Competition, and her debut novel, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye, was longlisted that same year for the Penguin WriteNow Competition, and in 2021 it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. Alongside writing, she is an avid knitter and she loves to play videogames and spend time with her dogs, Keanu and Zuko.

Briony Cameron's debut THE BALLAD OF JACQUOTTE DELAHAYE, an epic tale based on the legend of a woman colour from colonial Haiti as she becomes one of the few infamous female pirate captains to sail the Caribbean in the 17th Century, with a queer love story at its heart that transcends time, in an exploration of human connection, friendship, and the search for freedom and home. The novel was pre-empted in the US by Natalie Hallak at Atria and pre-empted in the UK by Christopher Sturtivant at Piatkus.

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Photo credit: Sarah Smith

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