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. Work assignments then took me to a further ten countries, all of them fascinating glimpses into other ways of living. I now live in Oxfordshire.

 

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 writing.

 

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.