About

 

I grew up in Yorkshire in a house full of women. As a child I learnt to play both the piano and violin but preferred to write poetry and short plays. After graduating with a degree in French, and an amazing year teaching in the south of France, I emigrated to Australia for three years before returning to live and work in Luxembourg, where I worked for the European Commission.  The following years took me to a further ten countries, all of them fascinating glimpses into other ways of living. I now live in West Oxfordshire.

 

I write both long and short fiction, and was short-listed for the Fish Flash Fiction prize in 2016, long-listed for the MsLexia Short Fiction prize in 2017 and both the Fish Short Memoir and Fish Flash prizes in 2018. In 2019 my work was highly-commended in the Manchester Short Fiction prize and in 2020 short-listed for the Dorothy Dunnett Society/HWA Short Story Competition, described as “…multiple themes of coming of age, tradition and modernity plunging us into a world of drama and danger from the shocking opening words…in deceptively simple prose to create an elegiac yet unsentimental world…”

 

Curious about the power of personal stories, I made narrative inquiry the focus of my PhD and subsequently integrated dialogue and storytelling into my mentoring and coaching practice. I published accounts of this work in two non-fiction books in 2013 and 2014.

 

An MA in Creative Writing in 2016 marked my transition into fiction and since then I've been working on two novels.

 

 

Member of The Society of Authors