After more than 30 years in various classrooms, in 2008 I moved from Cumbria to Cambridge to begin a new career as a writer. My memoir, The Tango Effect: Parkinson’s & the Healing Power of Dance was published by Unbound in April 2020.
As well as health and well-being, I am interested in our relationship with the natural world. and spent two years as writer in residence at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. I have completed a novel and two short story collections and have had short fiction & non-fiction published in print and online. Inspired by visits to the Calais ‘Jungle’, my latest novel The Station Master, recently shortlisted for the Caledonia Award, looks at our attitudes to migration. I am about to embark on a new work combining responses to place and belonging with an exploration of the common ground between writing and dance.