I am a writer, children’s reading for pleasure consultant, and an 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, serve on the Executive Board of the FCBG, and assist with building and maintaining school libraries, and deliver teacher training on ‘reading for pleasure’ within schools, as well as advise parents on creating ‘readers for life’. I chair author panels in bookshops and at festivals.
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.
I immerse myself in books and literature and frequently drown under piles of books in my study.
When not drowning, I write literary fiction, and am currently seeking agent representation.