Amanda Rackstraw initially trained as an actor at RADA and went on to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, various regional theatres, as well as TV. She moved to Wales to bring up her family and took an Hons degree in Philosophy, History and English. Following a PGCE she taught in college, and secondary schools, until 2000 when she completed a Masters in Cultural Politics at Cardiff University. Postgraduate work in critical and cultural theory led to an interest in close textual analysis and in working with creative writing students to develop skills and realise creative potential.
Amanda has run successful creative writing classes at Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning for 6 years. She now works as a storyteller, tutor, and speaker and facilitator at conferences and events. Her main interest is in writing and performance. She writes poetry and performance work. She has had her theatre work produced at Chapter Arts Centre, and was a runner up at the John Tripp poetry award 2009.