"A terrific portrayal of family life" - Jimmy McGovern
"Your poem was just astonishing" - Jackie Kay
Welcome to my website ... it's having a bit of a revamp, but I hope you'll enjoy looking around while the scaffolding's up!
Words are my passion. So I write short stories, poetry, flash fiction, and am working on my first psychological crime novel.
When I'm not writing, I'm busy helping and inspiring others, running workshops and coaching sessions, and sharing writing tips.
Just now, I'm busy planning the Italian writing retreat I run each Spring and Autumn, and adding another great venue for 2018 ... watch this space!
Meanwhile, I'm delighted to have had my work Highly Commended in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2016
COMING UP ...
£675 - 7 nights half board at the island's only hotel, Da Sauro
, double en suite room with single occupancy
Unwind on this little Italian island, set in Italy's oldest lake ... No cars, no shops, no clocks.
Steeped in natural beauty, with medieval buildings and only 16 residents, Isola Maggiore moves at its own slow, s-l-o-w pace, leaving you acres of time to wander through the ancient olive groves, gather inspiration for your writing, gaze across the lake ... and of course enjoy delicious Italian food and wines. As well as morning workshops to nudge your writing, there's plenty of help on hand with one-to-one feedback sessions, and free entry into the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, the Captain's House and the Lace Museum.
Only two places left
- for further enquires or to book, please contact me
Dipping a toe in the water ...
Creative Writing for Beginners - Spongano, Italy
Sept 1-8, 2018
It's a blend of informal workshops and relaxation, with the chance to explore the village of Spongano and beyond. You'll create interesting characters, put them in all sorts of settings, and see what they get up to. Full details are being finalised - just contact me
to be one of the first to receive the week's programme. Places are deliberately kept low, limited to seven.