Words are exciting. They can change everything. Start wars. Stop wars. Help us fall in or out of love. They heal and they hurt in equal measure. I love language and love to use it to understand the world around me. Words help me to make sense of the fear and nonsense.

I have always written, from early stories about running away, to earnest teenage poetry about the state of the world. Until recently,I had never been brave enough to show my work to anyone, or to make the mental leap of saying “I’m a writer”. I pootled along in my world, doing a job I disliked, building a home, growing vegetables; creating a what felt like a generally happy life.

In 2013 things changed. I contracted M.E. following a bout of Tonsillitis. It turned out that the job I disliked also disliked me. I was dismissed, because I wasn’t going to get better quickly enough. This was a shock.It  felt like I’d wasted the last twenty years.

It also turned out that growing vegetables,baking, walking, carousing, gigging and general raucous fun were becoming rather difficult.Pain, fatigue,and my particular favourite “brain fog” were slowly stealing my life.

I started to keep a journal, mainly to vent the frustration and grief that I was feeling for my old life.This worked reasonably well. More importantly I remembered how much I loved to write. Not for training manuals, management articles or technical sales jargon, but simply to write something I felt was worth saying.

In 2014 I took the plunge and began studying Creative Writing with OCA . They are flexible (good for health) and cheap (good for wealth), they’re also pretty good at what they do, giving me enough support to grow, but enough space to breathe.

As well as my journal, which will focus on my current assignment work, you’ll find details of competitions I’ve entered, what I’m reading and a few of my photographs.I can’t include a great number of my own poems and stories yet,  simply because most submissions and competitions specify that work must be unpublished. Obviously this will change as my portfolio grows.

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