I am a writer, researcher and tutor based in the North East of England with my curly-haired daughter and even curlier-haired dog, Brucie.
I am a Northern Writers’ Award fiction winner for 2018/19 for my novel-in-progress, The Song of Annie Chapman – see latest news for more information. Currently working on an exciting writing commission with New Writing North for Durham Book Festival 2018. Supported by Arts Council England, the project explores women’s voices from the ‘World Above’ the pits across the Durham coalfield. Click here to find out more about this special event and to book tickets.
My memoir, LIFE AFTER YOU, based on my award-winning blog Wife After Death, is published by Virgin Books. A Sunday Times bestseller, it was selected as a Richard and Judy Autumn Bookclub pick 2015, and was subsequently voted to be the Reader’s Choice out of all eight Bookclub titles. It has been adapted for TV by Georgia Pritchett and is currently in development with Ecosse Films under its original title Wife After Death. It has recently been selected as one of the top twenty scripts by British writers (Brit List: TV 2018.)
My doctorate in Creative Writing was entitled “The Grey Space: Notions of Loss in Writing Real Lives and The Sculptress, a work of creative non-fiction.” It explored the writing of real lives and creative non-fiction, specifically notions of loss therein. The Sculptress is a creative reimagining of the life of American artist Mary Callery. My research interests include life-writing and writing as a therapeutic response to loss.
I am joint founder of ‘Writing Through Grief’ with BACP counsellor Nicki Walker, a programme which uses writing as a therapeutic tool in bereavement.
Represented by Jemima Hunt at The Writers’ Practice.