After working as a freelance writer for 20 years, I rediscovered my love of art and poetry and took a creative writing MA at Lancaster University, graduating with distinction in 2013.
I went on to train in writing for wellbeing and have been hosting writing workshops for several years. I am member of Lapidus International and NAWE, and I'm training in counselling in order to work one-to-one with people using therapeutic writing techniques.
My poetry has been published in magazines including Lighthouse, Magma and Poetry News. I have won prizes in many different competitions and am widely anthologised – most recently in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Prize anthology.
A long time ago I did an art degree, and in my career I've been lucky enough to work with some outstanding artists and creatives. I'm currently exploring abstraction in photography, taking small details from the street and giving them a new, poetic context.
In August 2018 I was the visual artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, with a collection of abstract images, poems and poetry films. Another image series, Anthropocene Prophecy, forms a visual thread running through the Climate Minds anthology, published in 2018.
The poetry films I've created and collaborated on have been selected for various international festivals, competitions and art prizes, including Filmpoem, the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Ó'Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition.