About me ..........
Most of my work has an element of narrative - whether poems, photos, or (less obviously) collage. I therefore have a strong interest in people's life stories, including my own.
My long and winding road began in the village of Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton, where we lived with my grandparents in their gardener’s cottage until we were able to move to a council prefab.
In my very first school report (I was five years old) the teacher wrote ‘prefers to play on her own, mostly drawing’. Many years on, I can still identify with that perception.
I was shy and hardworking at primary school, but a year or two into my teens I lost interest in most of my school-work, only putting effort into art and English. I was timetabled out of art classes at age fourteen, and left school two years later. However, one way and another I’ve been continuing my education ever since.
Three years working in Wolverhampton, then becoming a student at Hereford College of Education, followed by a period of living in London and hitch-hiking around Europe – all this rewarded me with experiences and possibilities I had hardly dreamed of. I eventually settled in Medway, Kent, where I lived for 32 years, and where my two sons were born. I moved to North Norfolk in 2004, and currently share my home with the younger of my two sons and a lovely but very demanding Labrador.
I have always written poems and fiction, and I published a selection of my poems (Counting Frogs and Catching Stars) in 2006. This was followed several years later with my first and (to date) only novel, Time Tells. Both are available from Amazon.
I no longer consider myself a ‘photographer’, though I’m still rather proud of the photos I took in the 1980s, developing and printing them in my little darkroom.
Recently, more and more, I am putting time and effort into painting, mainly watercolour and collage.
Paper qualifications include a Certificate in Education, a Diploma in Women’s Studies, an MA Degree in Graphic Fine Arts (focusing on video and performance art), and a Diploma in Counselling.
I HAVE TEACHING AND COUNSELLING EXPERIENCE, AND AM HAPPY TO LEAD WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS IN CREATIVE WRITING OR EXPERIMENTAL ART.
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