At the age of six I was already writing proper stories, all essentially medieval romances.(Princess and White Knight sort of thing). I was spurred on by winning a prize in a Brooke Bond (the Tea Company) Creative Writing Competition a few years later. Being mocked by Big Sister for waking up in the middle of the night to scribble poetry, and brought to the Headmaster’s office for using the word ‘voluptuous’ in a poem submitted to my Catholic primary school magazine did not deter me.
I’ve continued to write poetry from time to time when the Muse nudges me, and teaching was a great channel for my creative energies. My first novella was drafted as a creative project for my Master’s in Language, The Arts and Education, which I ‘sat on’ for many years before I really got started on my writing career.
Member of a huge Northern tribe, Manchester native, Mum and teacher turned author, I have to date written and published five novels: ‘So Sister,’ Selling Short’, ‘The Life Coach Less Travelled’, ‘Blue Is the Object’ and ‘Stalkbook,’ as well as poetry and non-fiction.
The Life Coach Less Travelled
“A gripping, dark, page-turner..”
“Dark, sad and funny..”
“It was truly brilliant..”
Blue Is The Object
“Another fabulous read..”
“An engaging- if somewhat confronting story of contemporary times.”
“A gripping, gritty mystery.”
“It pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down.”
“Brilliantly written with wit, humour and great insights.”
The author stares into the unpleasant depths of her subject without flinching, without condemning, and without excusing …The writing is excellent.
– DR. mark P. henderson, author
November 4th to 30th, 2019
Readers' and Writers' Festival - Tameside Libraries
I’m leading 2 children’s creative writing workshops at Dukinfield Library on Saturday, 9th November.
November 13th, 2019
Write and Release
Hosted by poet Randall Horton, the aim is to enjoy and support poets and writers. Whether you want to read your own work or favourite pieces of others, you will be welcomed at this friendly, monthly event at Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills. I always enjoy the diversity of the voices, whether moving, inspiring or comic. Guest Poet/Author each month. I shall be there, reading short extracts from my novels, or poems.
Every 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7.30-9.30 p.m.
Donations welcome to cover costs. Tea and coffee available.
Address: New Mills Library, Hall St. High Peak SK22 4AR
Phone: 01663 743603
Live Radio Chat - Hannah's Bookshelf
Very much enjoyed chatting to the amazing Hannah Kate to talk about genres, reading, my books and others, as one of her guest writers. If you missed it you can catch it online. (about 45 mins. in, I read my ‘Manchester Women’ poem, inspired by my mother and sisters.
Hannah’s Bookshelf is a weekly literature radio show that goes out on Saturdays 2-4pm on North Manchester FM. Catch the show on Saturday at 2 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or online https://northmanchester.fm/listen/
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