I have two collections of short stories published. The first, Chameleon, was published by Iron Press in 2011. Chameleon was chosen as a Read Regional Recommendation and was longlisted for the Edgehill Prize. The second, Little Crackers, was published by Saraband Press in 2014. This was longlisted for the Edgehill Prize and the Frank O’Connor Prize; it includes a first-prize-winning Mslexia short story. I am the recipient of three Northern Writers Awards and previous novels have been shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Novel Award, the Cinnamon Novel Award, and the National Lit Idol Award.
Poetry was my first love with several inclusions in anthologies and collections: Bloodaxe, Biscuit Publishing, Grist publishing, Mslexia, Zebra publishing, The Onslaught Press and publication in the 2018 Hippocrates International Award. In 2020 my first collection of poetry ‘Ourselves’ was published by Indigo Dreams. The collection was Joint Winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2020
As a UK representative for the Art’s Council at the Toronto short story conference 2010 I had a commissioned short story produced for radio.
I have experience of running creative writing workshops over the years and have been involved in various literary projects: the most far reaching and successful project was following funding I received from the Queen’s Nursing Institute Award. This enabled me to pilot a project to use creative writing as a therapeutic tool with patients who have life limiting illnesses. This project led to the establishment of creative writing sessions at St Oswald’s Hospice for patients, and remains a successful and well used service to date.
When not writing, I work in General Practice as a psychiatric and general nurse. Anglo-Irish, I live in Newcastle upon Tyne with my husband and have three grown-up children.