Reading and writing are my extra appendages. I write for children firstly, to delight them, and secondly to help them to understand themselves and their world.
I have so much fun when I’m creating humorous, slightly quirky, and whimsical stories that ignite children’s curiosity and make them want to read, as well as giving them a happy and safe place to go to in their imaginations. I also explore themes of diversity in my writing, and offer readers a chance to encounter characters who may be a little different or marginalised, so they can better understand themselves and consider their own and others’ perspectives.
I am a former teacher and currently work in schools as an advisor and consultant in the field of Special Education. I have a strong interest in children’s social and emotional development. I believe that stories have many superpowers, and one of these is to help us all, adults and children alike, to explore who we are and how to grow as humans.
I am also very proud to be a judge for the annual ‘Tell Me A Story’ children’s writing competition, which gives me an opportunity to encourage and foster the development of young writers in my local community.
My Writing & Publishing History
- 2020- Children’s picture book manuscript, Master Mack’s Great Escape, shortlisted in the Writer’s Unleashed competition
- 2019- Accepted for Publication: Children’s picture book – Jeffery’s Dress (Austin Macauley)
- 2018 – Published: Short stories for adults – Residue and Try – (in Grieve, Volume 6, Newcastle Writers Centre)
- Published: Short stories for primary school aged children – in Selective Schools & Scholarship Examinations (Churchill Press).