About the author

Nilam A. McGrath

<p>Nilam A. McGrath is a writer and researcher for the international development sector and has edited over 50 books, briefings and journal articles for international development agencies, NGOs and public sector organisations.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Author of <strong><em>A PhD Rollercoaster</em></strong>&nbsp;(charting her journey through the doctoral training cycle, see her associated Prezi presentation &#39;Nilam&rsquo;s PhD Rollercoaster&#39;); <strong><em>Watching Tagore</em></strong>&nbsp;(winner in the SAMPAD 2012 writing competition); and <em><strong>Rouen</strong></em> (a short story).<br /> <br /> She has lived in The Philippines, Maldives, Sri Lanka and the UK where she worked in communication, training and research roles. After completing her PhD, she designed the popular <strong><em>How to Talk About Your Research Like a Human Being&nbsp;</em></strong>workshop, and the <strong><em>Ups and Downs of PhDs&nbsp;</em></strong>workshop. She delivers workshops, training and keynotes internationally on: plain English writing techniques for PhD students and researchers; the PhD rollercoaster; using diaries in qualitative research; communication strategies for non-profits based in developing countries; and open access issues for developing country organisations.<br /> <br /> Author of <strong>feelinghomesick</strong> blog, for anyone missing life in the UK while working overseas, and <strong>nilamsnet </strong>blog, for book reviews (she likes to write the reviews in the page margins in tiny writing).<br /> <br /> She is a proper film geek, and laughs at her own jokes. You can usually persuade her to present at your event with the promise of a cup of tea, some lunch and minimal bureaucracy in claiming back expenses. For updates on her current fiction and non-fiction writing projects, sign up for previews and extracts at her website <strong>nilamashramcgrath.com</strong>.</p>