About Fiona Tankard Lister

Hello I’m Fiona Tankard Lister and welcome to my website www.spiderywriting.com. The name is from a quote that I have always loved from children’s author Roald Dahl: 

On the wall in spidery writing was written: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

That sums up how I see things really. For me writing is a kind of magic. I believe my gift is to use words to help people like you tell their story, perhaps change the world and make a difference. Because that’s what I want too. To empower you.

My Bio in bite-sized chunks.

Job title: British writer living in Tuscany, Italy

Family background:  Married to William. No kids but two dogs, a cat, two handicapped pigeons and four alpacas.

Back story: Former UK teacher trainer who moved to a ruined farmhouse in Italy in 1994 to live the rustic life.

Career history: Created the concept for the UK’s first glossy magazine on la bella italia – Italy magazine in 2001. Was editor and business development manager for five years. Been a professional writer since 1999 and have written or co-written 20 books on teaching and learning English, a kid’s book on Italy, plus numerous magazine and online articles. I’ve ghostwritten novels and non fiction books for clients in the USA, Australia, Belgium, UK and Italy.

I am lucky enough to spend my days writing here in my home office in Tuscany. Magazine articles, books, website copy, stories… if it has words in it, then I’m interested. I’m also aware that I couldn’t do any of this without the Internet and so have made it my business over the last few years to learn all I can about it, from effective keyword strategy to search engine marketing and Google adwords campaigns. 

I get many, many repeat clients and you can check out my portfolio and testimonials. As a fellow social entrepreneur who shares your values and vision, I’d love to help you with any kind of writing so please contact me and we can have a chat.