I am overjoyed to be appointed the first writer in residence for Talliston House & Gardens in Essex. 25 years ago Talliston was an ordinary three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex. Its transformation into a magical labyrinth of times and places began with a room that inspired the owner ...
February 15, 2017Admin
As part of the Writers' Centre Norwich Escalator scheme, we are gearing up for a Showcase event at the Free Word Centre in London on Feb 9th. This will be an opportunity for us to read from our work to an audience of literati. And today we received the ...
January 12, 2017Admin
On the second Wednesday of every month, I've been running a creative writing workshop at my local bookstore. The Sawbo Writers' Club aims to bring the writing community of Sawbridgeworth and surrounds together at its focal point, the Sawbridge Words bookstore. Beginning with monthly drop-in writing sessions, we hope to build ...
January 11, 2017Admin
A new law has come into force giving protection to women whose brains are being battered, even if their bodies are unscathed. I've been researching emotional abuse - usually (but not always) by men who control and coerce women by chipping away at their self-confidence, isolating them from friends ...
December 29, 2016Admin
An extract from my novel-in-progress And, Breathe has been published on the Writers' Centre Norwich website. I feel so lucky to be one of the 10 wonderful authors who won a place on the WCN Escalator competition, with mentoring by Guy Saville.
December 20, 2016Admin
Many, many thanks to Writers' Centre Norwich for organising an inspirational four days writing retreat for Escalator winners. Highlights included talks by Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love, Sarah Perry, author of After Me Comes the Flood and the Serpent of Essex, a plotting and character workshop ...
September 14, 2016Admin
A few days ago, I lost a very dear friend. She had sickle cell anemia, but she never let it define her and lived life to the full. She is an inspiration to me. The day after I discovered this tragic ...
September 1, 2016Admin
I am so delighted to have won a place on the Escalator scheme run by the Writers' Centre Norwich. It means me and my new novel will receive a period of structured mentoring, development opportunities, and talks and workshops as ...
June 14, 2016Admin
People came from as far away as Bishop Stortford for a VERY enjoyable evening at the fabulous Sawbridge Words bookstore, who procured their first liquor licence for the occasion. How much fun to relive my years as a Paris correspondent in ...
June 8, 2016Admin
Draft paper published here. Abstract: This paper performs a mixed-methods analysis of place-branding strategies developed in the ‘Tech City’ cluster initiative in Inner East London, drawing on ethnographic material, semistructured interviews and visual content. Using Jessop’s concept of the spatial imaginary, we explore key foundational geographies, trace the emergence of the ...
May 14, 2016Admin