As a seventeen year old I wrote poetry in anger over the Vietnam war. A few years later my writing became harnessed to the deadlines of journalism. Firstly in newspapers, then Independent radio before joining the BBC working in local radio and regional television. Periodically, I turned my attention to short stories and wrote about the brutal world of office politics.
My first attempt to write a novel came after I’d completed my Masters in Literature. My tutor suggested I did a Ph.D. However, I rejected this avenue to focus instead on a story about a divided Cyprus. The island was undergoing fundamental changes following the relaxation of border controls. I knew Cyprus well, having lived there in the 1950s and it’s a place I’ve since visited frequently.
a story about a woman returning to Cyprus to find her old family homes, was reviewed by the Arts Council. The feedback helped me to realise I needed to hone my skills. I did a Masters in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and began
This is a novel which deals with a young woman’s journey to find out why the invasion of Cyprus in 1974 left her grandmother so traumatised. It’s a story about choices: the decisions people make at the time of conflict and the subsequent impact this has on their families.
I submitted part of ‘Borderlines’ for my dissertation and the university’s external examiner suggested in his assessment that the story could be turned into a film script.
In April 2007, I was told my novel 'Borderlines' was one of the 100 winners of the Writers and Artists Year Book competition. I’m trying to get ‘Borderlines’ published.
While at NTU, I also took a key role in producing/publishing ‘3D’ a fiction and poetry anthology. My own piece
“ I have lived a life in transit. A history of comings and goings. A pattern of friendships, break-ups, packing, storing and unpacking. ... "
was included in the anthology '3D' which focussed on deception, discovery and displacement
I organised public readings including the renowned Lowdham Book festival and co-ordinated publicity in the local media. I belong to two university fiction groups at which we review one another’s work. I’ve been a member of the Sherwood Writers group for some time and I’m a member of the ‘Talking Goats’ reading group in Nottingham.
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