I am a writer, children’s reading for pleasure consultant, and a freelance editor. I trained as a journalist, then worked as an editor at a major publishing house for seven years, before leaving to have children. I have since freelanced: writing and editing reviews, readers’ notes, articles, magazines and books, and since 2014, this blog.
I work for an education consultancy, run the FCBG website, assist with building and maintaining school libraries, deliver teacher training on ‘reading for pleasure’, and give parent talks on creating ‘readers for life’. I chair author panels in bookshops and at festivals.
In my ‘spare time’ I write literary fiction. My first novel has been described as ‘intriguing and original’, ‘engaging and gripping’ with ‘much to admire’. It has ‘tight easy to read prose’ from a ‘talented writer who excels at visual descriptions’. I am currently seeking agent representation whilst I work on my second novel.
In 2014, I helped to open a library in my local primary school and twice weekly I serve as their ‘volunteer librarian’. In 2017, I won the Barnet Schools’ Award ‘Unsung Hero’ for my volunteer work.
In 2012, I won a National Lottery Grant to build a playground in my local park, and in 2017 achieved a zebra crossing from my local council after petitioning and jumping through a few hoops, and am still campaigning for good public library services.
You can read my latest article on children’s books in The Independent newspaper here.