Growing up in a semi-rural town gave me the opportunity of few distractions and from an early age I found writing to be my fingerprint on the world. In my early adult life I enjoyed spending time with creative people and found inspiration in so many ways, collaborating with an artist in the early part of the 21st century. Writing on themes and objectives of his art was part of my development as a writer. I’ve also worked with other artists.
Durham University had a huge influence on my creative development while I studied Social Science as an undergraduate. This was a period of great enlightenment.
During a period of illness I enjoyed immensely studying an MA Creative Writing at the University of Cumbria where I appreciated new ways of looking at words and writing and developed my poetry. Through default this time allowed me to explore fiction which I develop at present.
After this time I spent a year as a visiting artist working with students in adult education. This brought about a desire to teach which I did through the University of Central Lancashire gaining a PGCE in 2013.
Following the MA, I have been published in poetry magazines and anthologies regularly and also used opportunities before this time to be included in magazines with established writers. Also I’ve enjoyed being highly commended in competitions and received other recognition. I enjoy taking part in a number of writing groups, where spending time with other writers gives valuable inspiration and focus.