A bit about me... because I'm thinking if my writing has inspired you to look me up then you might be interested in what I've written...
I have a BA and MA in English literature and have been an English Language and Literature teacher for over twenty years! I am lucky enough to have been a member of Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham, England for years. This highly esteemed group has always supported me, critiqued my work brilliantly and totally encouraged my writing.
When I was a teenager, I had two poems published in anthologies, and this really inspired me to keep on writing.
In 2011 I won second prize for my short story 'Polar Opposites' in the 'Writers' Forum' magazine and in 2013 my story 'Beneath the Surface' was chosen out of a large number of entries to be published in 'The Sea in Birmingham' to celebrate thirty years of Tindal Street Fiction Group. My first novel 'The Forgotten People' was longlisted for the Bridport prize and reached the final 20 novels out of 1,196 entries in the 2018 competition. ‘Clear as glass’ was one of the winners of the Mantle Arts writing competition and is in the anthology ‘Songs for the elephant man’ by Mantle Lane Press. ‘The Wall around you’ is in the Dostoyevsy Wannabe Cities collection, in the anthology ‘Birmingham’. 'Left hanging' is in 'The Outsiders Review' by Momaya Press, and 'A cat may look at a king' is on the Vegan Online Journal.
I have just signed a contract with a large publishing house who will be publishing my first novel, The Forgotten People'. Watch this space!
I write regular blogs, and edit websites, on request. I also help with short story and non fiction translations into English.
In brief, I love everything to do with writing, and write as much as possible about human beings, in all their fascinating complexity!