Marija Smits is the pen name of Dr Teika Bellamy, a UK-based mother-of- two, ex-
scientist and editor whose art and writing has appeared in various publications,
including Mslexia, Brittle Star, The Poetry Shed and JUNO. When she’s not busy
with her children or running the indie press, Mother’s Milk Books, she likes to
draw, paint and, of course, write. She is continually delighted by the fact that
Teika means ‘fairy tale story’ in Latvian.