New Writing Project

I am delighted to share that I have received funding through my Community Interest Company, Write on the Tyne, to work with local veteran service, Operation Veteran. I will be documenting the voices, reflections and stories of our local heroes: their experiences of conflict and camaraderie, trauma and strength. The accounts will become an anthologyContinue reading “New Writing Project”

Book number 2: Due March 2023!

I’m very pleased to share that by second book, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023. I have signed a further contract with Cahill Davis Publishing, continuing our partnership. Inspired by my own dating disasters and search for Mr Right, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty CookContinue reading “Book number 2: Due March 2023!”

Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East

The North East folk are a talented bunch of people and I don’t just mean the likes of our region’s legends such as Ant and Dec, Sting, Robson Green, Alan Shearer and Catherine Cookson. We have some amazing creatives living in the local area, who’s work inspires and interests many of us. As someone whoContinue reading “Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East”

North East Lifestyle Magazine Interview

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Sally for the brilliant NE Lifestyle Magazine! We talked all things writing, inspiration and chatted about my debut novel, The Dinner Club. Check out the whole magazine by clicking on the image below and my interview on page 50.

Albatross

Lingering, in the shadow you lurk, Although there have been a thousand sun rises, Since I escaped, away from your claws. Will I ever feel truly emancipated? Care free, no looking over my shoulder, No heart racing, dry mouth anxiety. Albatross. What is it like to be without you? To drown you in a seaContinue reading “Albatross”

Hope for tomorrow

A crack, a split, a tear in the seam A scab you can’t leave alone. Locked in, caged, tied down, A bird, trapped, that had once flown. Wishing I could switch it off,  Disable the plug of power. Instead the climb to peace of mind, Feels like an infinite tower. I grab and scratch atContinue reading “Hope for tomorrow”

Together is my Favourite Place

Take my hand Walk across the sand Don’t turn and look behind As I whistle in your ear The song I can hear As the waves crash on the shore Feel the wind on your skin And the warmth from within A squeeze of your hand in mine For all the nights in the darkContinue reading “Together is my Favourite Place”

The Mountains You Cannot See

Two of my poems were recently published in an anthology called The Mountains You Cannot See. This collection of poems are around the topic of mental ill health and well being. All profits from sales go towards supporting three fantastic and crucial services delivering 24/7 support, 365 days a year to people in need. TheseContinue reading “The Mountains You Cannot See”

Perfect Match

An excerpt of my latest short piece… Ruby placed her pen down and looked at her notepad with a satisfied smile. She sighed, contently, her list, or non-negotiables was complete. It wasn’t all about visuals. Aesthetically pleasing was most definitely a welcome bonus, but it wasn’t the be all and end all. She wasn’t thatContinue reading “Perfect Match”

Creeping

There it was, pumping through my veins. Inside my body, engulfing me like quicksand. It had crept up on me, yet I knew it was coming. Like a bolt of lightning in a thunderstorm, expectant but frightening none the less. I had ignored the warning signs, again. It was in my throat, my lungs, myContinue reading “Creeping”

A Time Like No Other

The pandemic has changed life in monumental ways. Our lives have become different to anything we have ever known, and we have had to adapt in a multitude of methods. Life cannot come to an abrupt halt, but individuals and services across the world have had to react, flex and respond to an influx ofContinue reading “A Time Like No Other”