I was born in 1960 and grew up in London, transferring to Nottingham for university. I am now firmly rooted in the East Midlands – I love the friendly people and heady cultural mix, and hopping across to the Peak District to walk.
My work background is mental health, advocacy and community development, interrupted occasionally by my own mental health problems and bringing up my wonderful son – fully adult now, of course!
I came to writing late, at nearly 40, during a gap between jobs – a period when I also studied theology. I hate having time on my hands so I thought: I’ll write that book I’ve always talked about – and I did! Since then I’ve written four novels, a humorous theological book, short stories and poetry. I’ve also had a series of articles published in the Quaker magazine the Friend. Having failed to achieve publication of my novels (despite having an agent for a while) I’ve largely put my writing on the back-burner but you may find the occasional poem or post popping up on this website.
Now in my 60s, with my father living in loving residential care nearby, I am taking in what it is to grow older. Meditation and my Quaker faith are important to me, and the wonderful creation that we live in – with all its richness and variety and of course the fascinating people and connections that we meet and make along the way.
Some favourite memories and places:
- My pink bellbottom trousers with tartan inserts!
- Listening to Supertramp’s Asylum at top volume while depressed at university
- My son experimenting with hairstyles when he was in his early teens
- The west coast of Scotland (especially the brilliant Summer Isles)
- Heathland anywhere (preferably with sunshine)
- My lovely succession of cats: Trouble, Johnny and Corky
- Getting my tattoo
- My friends squeezing into the rowing boat in my back garden (no, it doesn’t float!) for a photo at my birthday tea
- Studying simplicity at Woodbrooke Quaker study centre and (trying) to apply it to my life