I'm a writer and book lover, always have been. I have seven published books, a track record as an editor, mentor and proofreader, and I'm available to support writers who want their work to be the best it can be. My first poetry collection, This Dust, was published by Soundswrite Press in March 2017. 
Courses for this new world
All teaching for the spring term is on Zoom. I'm  running a Writing Workshop for Writing East Midlands - it starts on Tuesday 12th January, and ends on 23rd February, with half term on 16th February. 10.30-12. This workshop has been running for about 3 years now.  Click here for more details and booking. 
For the Workers' Education Association, there's a writing workshop which starts on Thursday 14th January, 10-12, and ends on 11th February, then another from 25th February to 25th March. 
As a new venture, I'll  also be running some one-off workshops on the last Friday of the month, known (curiously) as the last Friday workshops. They will have a light approach to writing, playing and exploring words and structures, based on experimenting, not getting it 'right'!
Here's the plan:
Friday 29th January 10-11.30: Try a villanelle
Friday 26th February 10-11.30: Try a lullaby
Friday 26th February 2-3.30: base some writing on a fairy story (for national Fairy Tale day!)
Friday 26th March 10-11.30: try a pantoum
These will be bookable through the WEA.
This is a tough time - good wishes go out to everyone for health and wellbeing. I'm still available for editing, mentoring over Skype or Zoom, and writing critiques on novels and memoirs.
This Dust is my first collection of poems, published by Soundswrite Press in 2017. 
The central group of poems is about my son, Benn, who died suddenly in 2010.
First published in 2011, Breaking the Rules has now been published by Bloomsbury in a new edition. It's a book for reluctant readers, about a Facebook friendship which goes wrong.