Copywriting I have spent over ten years writing articles, features, books and copy for clients including the Royal Automobile Club, the Berkeley Hotel, Berry Brothers & Rudd, the Royal Geographic Society and Rivington Bye.
Journalism Articles in various places on various topics, including an exploration of self-marriage in LYRA magazine, a long-read commission about Cornish treasure for Panorama, several pieces for The Chap, and a story for the BBC about acts of kindness in my village that went unexpectedly viral and resulted in my current novel.
I work closely with authors to help them write, shape and edit their work, both novels and non-fiction. I have also been the editor of various magazines and journals, including two years at the helm of Pell-Mell & Woodcote.
My baby teeth/My orthodontist mould/A necklace of shells I’ve collected for 20 years/Pearls from my mother/A pot of Cornish sand/Wheat from Sussex fields/Skull from Sussex forest/Piano key/A scrabble I/Pills to stay alive
Reader in residence, Charleston
I have been lucky enough to turn my obsession with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group into ongoing work at Charleston as Reader in Residence, running workshops, reading groups and events including a live marathon read of Orlando with Jeanette Winterson in 2018.
Throughout 2019, I am running the CoCo Club, an informal Bloomsbury reading and discussion group, as well as various literary events and courses, and also literacy workshops for primary schools.
My best-man’s poesy from my brother’s wedding/Pink chopsticks from teenage adventures in Japan/The raspberry ripple shell from my childhood/Rose petals my mum gave me 20 years ago/Tiny die from my sons’ dice collection
teaching + events
I am a teacher with the Creative Writing Programme (Autobiography and Life Writing course) in Brighton and also run my own writing workshops in Brighton and Lewes. In 2016, I set up Lewes Short Story Club to offer a monthly free short story reading club, a regular writing space, masterclasses with guest authors and other lit events. Sign up to the Story Club mailing list to keep informed of upcoming events and courses.
Red lipstick diva/Weird fruit eater/The Beefeater from when my Gran took me aged 5 to The Tower/Amber beads my son wore while teething/My old ballet scholar badge/Bus to mark my years in London/Trinket box from childhood/Ladybird peg I used to clip in my hair as a girl
A lot of my work is about supporting good people to do interesting things and thrive in the connection economy. I work with companies, brands, start-ups and individuals to get their story heard. I particularly love working with local small businesses and creative powerhouse businesswomen. My approach is organic and collaborative, led by each client's unique resources and needs. We begin with a comprehensive strategy, rooted in the reality of your business, building in goals, deliverables, timelines and ongoing measurement.
My tooth fairy box/My Blue Peter badge/A doll of teen me/Toddler birthday badge/Paris thimble/Leaf from Auschwitz/Birdspotter/Happy swimmer/Nature dweller