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Bookings

Writing & reading together is one of my mantras. If you’re a child or a grown-up, whether you want some manuscript advice, some mentoring or to attend a class, whether you want to pick my brains for an interview or to book me for a school visit, a festival or to attend your book group – I’d love to hear from you.

“The workshop was absolutely fascinating - a real insight into the writing process. The pupils absolutely loved it and were buzzing afterwards. One of the pupils went back to house and told the tutor on duty that it was the 'best thing ever'!”

Abigail Hutch, Head of English, Bradfield College

Manuscript Advice

Starting out as a writer can be thrilling but also a little daunting. One of the things I’ve found most helpful is receiving feedback on my writing from people I trust – and people who are qualified to give me a decent opinion. Of course, you will have friends and lovers and parents and writing groups to help you with that on an informal level – all those voices are invaluable. My husband and my mum are my first readers. But sometimes, we can all do with an objective and informed point of view. Before we have an agent or an editor, it can be hard to find someone we trust to do that.

Please note that I only critique prose fiction (novels and short stories) written either by children or adults. I will annotate your manuscript electronically and schedule a one to one meeting with you to talk through your writing. Cost will depend on the level of feedback required: please contact me for more details.

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Workshops

For me, teaching goes hand in hand with writing: it nourishes and inspires me. I have taught English and Creative Writing for ten years at three boarding schools: Haileybury, Downe House and Wellington College – and loved every minute of it. I also teach one off creative writing workshops in schools, libraries, work places and on residential courses. It was a particular thrill to take a special unit in The Pedagogy of Creative Writing as part of my MA. I offer tailor made group and one to one workshops which focus on character, plot, setting and style. These workshops are open to children and adults. Please contact me for prices and more details.

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Writing With Children

When I was growing up I longed to have a teacher or mentor to help me with my writing, to offer support and encouragement – and to tell me to get rid of all those adverbs! There is nothing more important than nurturing the dreams of a young writer.  Stories matter to children and learning to write them well can be a lifelong gift. I work with children one to one and also run group workshops in schools.

Interviews & Appearances

Interviews & Appearances

I love meeting my readers and sharing my stories. If you would like to book me for an interview, reading, signing, Q&A or festival appearance, contact me or my publicist.

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