I am an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and yoga teacher.
At the moment I am mostly working on the latest draft of my coming-of-age novel, When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning, and teaching English and Drama on a part-time basis at Chew Valley School. I also support and encourage new writers via WriteClub, my Bristol-based venture that offers a range of creative writing workshops - from fast paced Ideas Generator sessions to longer term Work in Progress sessions.
My creative writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Mslexia magazine, The Guardian, Project Calm magazine and the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, and has been recognised in various writing prizes and awards, including The Bridport Prize, the Bath Short Story Award, the 2015 Janklow & Nesbit Prize, the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Mslexia Women's Novel Award.
My most recent freelance work has involved writing and editing more than 40 fresh stories for onebillion charity's new learning app - an exciting project that will support children in developing countries. The app is one of five finalists for the international Global Learning XPrize.
This year I was one of 20 Welsh writers selected for the Hay Festival Writers at Work programme - a fantastic project that gave me the chance to connect with and be inspired by incredible writers from around the world.
I was also delighted to be asked to be a co-editor with Santino Prinzi on this year's National Flash Fiction Day Anthology and was invited to devise a very sweet* workshop for the National Flash Fiction Day itself.
In collaboration with Ash Bond of Flying Monkey Yoga I have run several writing and yoga weekend retreats - including, Unravel Your Own Myth, a retreat for delving deep into personal stories that was hosted by 42 Acres in Somerset in Jan 2018. I have recently run workshops to facilitate biography writing for artists at Spike Print Studio in Bristol, written a study guide to Macbeth with York Notes and coordinated learning and CPD sessions for Poetry By Heart.
I am also available for education writing and consultancy and work regularly with BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach, Poetry By Heart and York Notes, amongst others. (For more details about my education work, click here.)
* aka we ate LOTS of sweets to invoke childhood memories!