Marie-Elsa Bragg is a writer and lecturer, as well as an ordained Anglican priest and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey, previously a ballet dancer and a Jesuit Spiritual Director. She is part French, part Cumbrian, and grew up in London as well as spending considerable time in Cumbria – the setting which her debut novel Towards Mellbreak profoundly evokes. Over the last year she has worked on developing an interfaith project with women from Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Hindu religions. She is also a member of PEN, working for the freedom for international writers, and Exiled Writers Ink, and she supports the Women’s Refugee Commission. She is currently working on her second work, a non-fiction book to be published in 2018.