I’ve been telling stories for a long time, and graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Creative Writing in 2006. I left with a 2:1 (half decent) but can’t bring myself to re-read a word that I set down back then.
I went on to pen shorts and flash that were published in literary anthologies, as well as being short and longlisted for an international prize (The Fish). It drilled me into the habit of making every word count.
I am at ease when delivering to an audience or delivering workshops. In the past I’ve taught evening classes in English Literature, Language and Creative Writing. Tutoring in colleges for over a decade, has helped me to develop a good grasp of education practice and learning theory. What the teaching days gave me above all else, was an appreciation of just how excellent and diverse people can be, and an awareness of what makes them tick.
At the Found for Words copywriting agency in Leeds I worked as a Junior. It was here that I discovered a love for creative collaboration – owing major gratitude to the agency founder, Collette Davis. Col agreed to take on a raw wordsmith despite or maybe because of my total ignorance to marketing speak, and believed in my ability to pen a good yarn. At Found for Words I contributed to ad campaigns and briefs for the likes of Johnson Carmichael, Low + Bonar, and The University of Edinburgh Business School – in collaboration with Emperor Design. My time at FfW also allowed me to benefit from the skill and insight of brand-building geniuses Brand Insiders – who offered instrumental advice from experience.
I now keep a humble patch of my own. I’ve told stories and cultivated copy for a diverse array of clients in the retail, education & industrial sectors – including STANLEY Black + Decker, in collaboration with Kudos Creative.
My gardening experience is also wide-ranging. But probably a story for another time. When not tending word or plant, I can be found immersed in the wild, literature or football.
I grew up by the coast, as did many of my favourite writers. I am submerged by the folklore of the sea, and awed by its power.
I’ve surfed twice in my life.
The first time, my arm came out of its socket.
On the second, in the territory of juvenile Great Whites – I spent most of my time sat in foam. Imagining them all getting curious beneath me.