Associate of Society of Authors

I was born in Nottingham in the early sixties. As I got older, I moved further out into the countryside. Now, I live in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir but work all around the East Midlands.

 See the link to Nottingham UNESCO City of  Literature.  

 http://bit.ly/2pj4t6A

I am a member of Cornerstone church, attending with my family. 

Working in schools for many years has given me an insight into children's lives and issues. I endeavour to write authentically, using realistic language.Even as a child I'd enjoy telling stories!

Now, I'm getting to write them down. It's a difficult process; being real and worthy of reading. Sometimes I achieve this.

My novel is for sale at  Onwards and Upwards Publishers and Amazon, as well. Please, leave a comment when you've read the book. I'd like to know what you got from it. Thanks.

I'm on the radio!

In October 2010, I was recorded on the local community radio. This gives details of how I became a writer and there are readings from the Young Adult novel, 'Get Over It.' This was a great experience with the Reading Room presenter Paul Tyler, from Lincoln studios based at the University campus. To hear the podcast then, go to shows and Paul Tyler in the reading room. Click on Podcast 4. Or go to Reading Room Live Podcast 10A,  46 minutes in.

http://readingroom.podbean.com/page/6/

 Thanks!

  

What they are saying!

Here's some feedback from Lincoln Book Festival, May 2011 via Siren Fm Community Radio Broadcaster, Paul Tyler where I read the short story, 'Love'-

 Interesting acts as well, the lady who wrote about coping with the loss of a child stuck in my mind, was moving. 

 This was  on You tube! Go tohttp://readingroom.podbean.com/page/7/ to hear more

http://readingroom.podbean.com/e/room-6a-the-reading-room-christmas-special/  to view my work with children.

 

  Feel free to follow me on twitter @     ukfl.

 See what I'm reading here on Goodreads.

 

 Here is an article just posted in the National Association of Writers In Education Magazine under members news.

 Exhibitions!

 After Connect at Embrace Arts Leicester my short story

'Still First' from ebook' The HeavenlyRoad Trip'is going to London!

Perception

An accessible multi-sensory exhibition experience

Here a group of contemporary artists who have worked with a range of media to create a multi-sensory show that challenges the traditionally held view of the purely visual interaction between audience and exhibition.

It's Performance Art!

Come to directly interact with the work on display using touch, hearing, smell and taste - all senses that are more closely connected with individual memory than sight.

 

Hear my story, Still First about a fifteen year old called Bron, who puts insome incredible training to qualify for Team GB for swimming.

An exhibition of sensory exploration curated in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the UK's leading charity supporting people living with sight loss, Perception will take place at Bermondsey Project Gallery on 18th-25th August 2012

More than 20 British artists are showcasing work which will include sculptures, prints, audio, video and installations. The Private View being held on 17 August 6-9pm will also feature performance art.............................................................


 2013!

On May 25th, Birmingham and the UK Games Expo  and on a panel to discuss writing.

http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/authors.php

On Sat June 29th reading at the 3rd Hucknall Book Day, at 1.25. Come along to the Central Methodist Church to meet the authors as part of the Byron Festival. 

For July on the 13th I was early doors at Gelding Book Festival, 10.15. http://www.newwritersuk.co.uk/gedling.html




 Did you know ? It's World Book Night coming up! 

That's when you can get free books galore! 

Keep looking for updates.

Mind Your Manor, Leicester  25th June 2011

It was great to read from my novel GET OVER IT, at the youth event at the Community Centre in Leicester. Reading alongside the experienced and talented writer for youth, Bali Rai was a priviledge. I'm busy reading his new novel, Killing Honour. With great respect, I'm hoping to pick up some useful tips on authentic writing for young adults.



Living in the countryside, I love to take a lot of my inspiration from the wonderful wildlife around me. I feel led to write about things that matter, so that hopefully my writing can inspire other people to think more deeply about some of these issues.

I care about the real things that affect young people and hope to reach them in realistic dialogue and relevant settings. I write in a contemporary style to click with the reader.

 Festival news from TransEuropa 2011!

Feedback from readings:

For 'Off the Beaten Track' short story May 2011, Shoreditch, London

From Arts 4 Human Rights-

'Your piece also received extremely good feedback, which I thought you would be pleased to know; and I know the other Romany focused performers were glad that you were involved, and enjoyed experiencing a further perspective on the Romany experience.'
Laura Ratling
Events Manager

 I'm doing several workshops In schools and can be found here http://workshopsinschools.co.uk

What is one book everyone should read? ‘The Message’ by Eugene H. Peterson. It’s the bible New Testament truth, in contemporary language (made easy!)

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Mother Teresa because she had such vision and generosity but also Martin Luther King, for his bravery. Both were inspirational people.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. ‘The Heavenly Road Trip’ explores new places, taking the reader far beyond the spare stolen minutes, with exciting characters these thought-provoking short stories enlighten.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m busy editing a second Young Adult novel called ‘Back & Beyond.’ It tells of near death experience and is Talitha’s coming of age revelation.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? In promoting other peoples love of writing, I thought that I ought to give it a bash myself; to practice what I preach. Plus, I found it cathartic. Getting paid to dream is fun.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. I love to perform. After supporting young people with additional needs for many years in literacy, I was inspired to write a Paralympic Tale called, ‘Still First.’ This sporting celebration has been read by me at several venues and got into a London Exhibition, just before the Paralympics. I gave a few fun multi-sensory readings at the Bermondsey Project Gallery before it was heard as a recording, in aid of the RNIB charity. This summer collaboration brought me alongside many talented artists. That short is second in line in ‘The Heavenly Road Trip’ ebook anthology and revealed just how far short prose can take me.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier. It moved and frightened me so I couldn’t put it down!
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Read widely in your chosen area of writing. Get to know what else is good out there, to tempt your audience. See what your audience prefer and learn from it.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? I’d go back to the Victorian times but have to be living upstairs rather than downstairs, to get the full effect. It’s all about the posh frocks and dignity. I might find the lack of equal opportunities a problem, though.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? In my debut novel, ‘Get Over It’ Adventures published by Onwards and Upwards, I wrote about Athena. She was cool because she was goddess of of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Not bad!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Jamaica suits me well for a holiday. Whether I could live there, is a challenge I’d like to consider one day.
What is your favorite Quote? It’s from 1 Corinthians verses 4-7: ‘Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
What’s your favorite season/weather? I need sunshine, like, I need chocolate! It makes me thrive and is good for my bones. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…Okay. The backdrops are usually stunning, essential for creating authentic settings. Also, I find the seaside invigorating.
Favorite places to travel? Israel, please. All invitations gladly accepted.
Favorite music? Tamla Mowtown and Gospel.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? Geraldine Mccaughrean has such a huge successful writing repertoire that I couldn’t fail to glean something from working with her. I was blessed to have an excerpt of the new version of ‘Peter Pan’ read to me by her, once. Her work comes alive on the page. If she has the time, I’d certainly make it!

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