Writer, Creative, Reviewer, Teacher
Member of SCBWI British Isles
I was a teacher for nine years, having worked in schools from deprived areas of London to the Andes of Ecuador. I have often read my own stories, children's books, and fairy-tales to my classes, and discussed the issues of the day. Children understand perhaps better than adults what is going on in the world and what we need to do to make a difference. I now supply teach and tutor to spend more time writing! My latest work-in-progress is a spooky middle-grade fantasy: 'The Spectres of Spitfire Row'.
I have an MA in Creative Writing and a Fine Art degree, but I consider my teaching experience to be my true apprenticeship into understanding how to engage children through the written word and creativity. Before becoming a teacher I worked for arts organisations, including setting up and running a community magazine. I also briefly worked freelance as a reporter for a local newspaper.
Creativity is my thing - I love writing and reading books especially. I love championing the very best in children's literature. Follow me on Twitter!
Recently I have become a father for the first time: I have a daughter called Lily, who already loves books.