About

I began my writing career adapting Asterix books as weekly plays for my class, then evolved my tum-ti-tum ballad style with a moving epic about the death of Lord Mountbatten. Surviving years of morbid teenage love poetry, I forgot about writing for a bit and went to work in the City. Fifteen years later I saw sense, moved to the Highlands and wrote my first novel and some more poems.

Cover final.jpg-largeLife, Death and Cellos is out with Farrago Books on 24 January 2019. I have signed a two-book deal to begin a series for them. My editor Abbie Headon describes it much better than I can: “The opening novel [Life, Death and Cellos] finds the Stockwell Park Orchestra facing financial ruin after a guest conductor drops dead on stage, squashing and injuring their primary benefactor. In a tale marrying the insight of Sue Townsend with the farcical humour of John O’Farrell, a priceless cello is abducted, a conductor is stranded on the wrong side of the Atlantic, and Erin the cellist stumbles (eventually) on her true calling in life.”

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My first poetry collection, Don’t Ask, came out in February 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. Poems have been published individually in various places (including Poetry, Poetry Wales, Under the Radar and Mslexia) – info here. I won the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition and was twice shortlisted in the Charles Causley poetry prize. I was Hampshire Poet Laureate 2016.

 

 

There’ll be new blog post every time I think of something interesting. They may not be entirely serious.

I have a couple of radio plays and a sitcom loitering in a drawer. I don’t practise the cello enough. Can sing a top C. Make a lot of cake. Have won the coveted Foyles’ Friday #bookgame on Twitter, twice. That’s probably all you need to know.

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