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About me

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Welcome to my website. I started my working life as a Drama teacher and went on to be a University Lecturer, teaching Creative Writing and occasionally Drama and English.

I’ve published two novels with Headline Review: The Water’s Edge (2003) and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls (2004) as well as various, short stories, poems and articles, and a non-fiction book called A Small Steps Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management. In 2018 I published a short story collection called Unusual Places. I have also self-published several small steps guides to the writing process and three books of lesson plans for Drama teachers. My PhD was on hair. You can get links to the essays I’ve published on hair from here. If you happen to want a longer list of my publications, it’s here.

At the moment I teach part-time on the Open University’s MA in Creative Writing and work for myself from a writing shed at the bottom of our garden for the rest of the week. There are various freebies available on this website for your to download, depending on whether you’re interested in reading, writing or teaching. Here’s one of them:

‘The Water’s Edge is full of surprises…the quirkiness and quiet beauty of its characters…make this an unusual debut’ The Big Issue

‘Reminiscent of Angela Carter’ The Times

‘Tondeur’s brand of homespun gothic and seaside camp is a memorable one… tender and eccentric’ The Independent

‘She manages an intriguing blend of nostalgia and knowingness, reminiscent of Todd Haynes’s film, Far From Heaven’ TLS

‘Hers is a voice with real energy’ Time Out

‘Tondeur breezes through her tale with nonchalant grace… this will transfix you’ Elle