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.

Creative Research bibliography

Practice-as-Research Bibliography for Creative Academics

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 in the comments if you come across any others. Click here for the PDF: Creative practice and research a literature review I’ve published

Doing something hard

Doing something hard today. I’m making a decision to spend more time on my writing. Feels like a good day for it. The bluebells are out early. There are blue flowers blowing in the breeze. It’s a bright autumn day. What are my fears? My main one is not getting everything done. It’s not lack

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

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