I am a writer, dyslexic, Creative Writing teacher, lez, cooking enthusiast and mum. Not necessarily in that order. My first two novels were The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls.

Practice-as-Research Bibliography

I compiled this Practice-as-Research Bibliography a few years back and am posting it here in case it is useful. I’ve added a few more up to date titles – let me know if you come across any others. Click here for the PDF: Creative practice and research a literature review

Creative Plunder: Drawing on your own life

At the NAWE conference this weekend I presented a series of practical exercises that I use with students who are writing a novel. The workshop was a taster – I might do some of these activities over a couple of hours with students, as well as building in discussion and reflection on the writing. Sometimes

Mind Maps

I have created several Mind Maps down the years that illustrate some aspect of Creative Writing teaching. I used some of them in the recent workshop I lead at the Festival of Dyslexic Culture, for instance. I have attempted to turn a few of them into videos. You can see the initial results on YouTube. I

The Creative Toolkit

About ten years ago, I began to look at my own creative practice and to work out what it is that I do when I’m writing “creatively”. This wasn’t just a fun diversion. I believe that thinking creatively and being creative are fundamental to our society and that now, more than ever, we need creative

Writing at the NAWE A14 Conference

Some of the writing I did in response to workshop exercises at the NAWE Conference this weekend. From a workshop on lines with Liz Cashdan inspired by the work of Tim Ingold: Wordstorm different kinds of lines: Violin strings, swimming lanes, roads, lay lines, beams, threads, spiders’ webs, urban and rural walks, taking a line

Defining and Shaping Creativity

Creativity is sometimes viewed as elusive, God-given or innate and superfluous. In my research and my teaching, I’ve been thinking about the alternative: that creativity is definable, learnable and important. I’d go further than that: creativity is not only an important skill for an individual; it is a tool for shaping the future and bringing

Stoke Newington Writing

A long time ago in North London, in what seems like another life, I was thin, I had a pair of stripy yellow and red jeans and I was naive about a whole heap of things. Didn’t know how to use a computer, hadn’t really clicked that my parents met in Hackney, had only been

Frog Green

Never Mind the Text. Workshop at the Seda Conference, Bristol, 14 – 15 Nov 13. Here are the resources from my part of the workshop. 1. Maps. Here is a Mind Map animation on YouTube summing up the panel presentation we’re giving at the SEDA Conference on 15th November 13 and here is a Mind Map