About Me
I am the mother of two adult children and the owner of two much loved Border Terriers, a delinquent senior called Rolo and his apprentice, a younger rescue called Teddy.
I am a freelance writer, creative writing teacher, English tutor and writing for well-being practitioner.
I am an enthusiastic reader and belong to a book group. I enjoy running with my longest run to date being the Hastings Half Marathon. I also enjoy country walking, going to the gymn and the odd glass of wine with friends.
I hold the following Qualifications and Membership of Professional Associations:
  • Diploma in European Humanities, a BA (Hons.), First Class in Literature and Humanities. MA in Literature with Distinction
  • City and Guilds 7307 (Parts 1 and 2) Adult and Further Education Teaching Certificate
  • Member of the National Association of Writers in Education
  • Member of the Society of Authors
  • Member of Lapidus, an organisation which promotes well-being through writing
I have been DBS checked.
I have been teaching adult creative writing courses since 2004. I have particular strengths in giving constructive and developmental feedback on writing and building confidence. I am also interested in the therapeutic benefits of Creative Writing and have facilitated writing for wellbeing courses for mental health charities, for the general public and at a local hospice.
I offer personal tuition to develop a variety of English skills for children from Key Stage 3. I use a number of approaches and resources, both traditional and electronic which are tailored to the individual.
I provide personal tuition for adults in English skills at any level, from Functional English to First Degree. I also offer assistance in developing skills for writing personal statements and job applications.
Sessions are normally one hour and cost from £35.
I specialise in providing mentoring support for writers who are engaged or wishing to engage in longer writing projects for publication. I focus on:
Setting clear objectives
Pacing and Motivation
Improving work, through constructive feedback, both verbally and in writing as the project progresses.
Sessions are usually for one hour, cost from £35 and can be face to face or via Skype with work exchanged electronically.
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I am an experienced freelance writer and poet with a variety of publications, nationally and locally, including the following:

  • Shortlisted in Words and Women Prose Writing Competition, January 2018.
  • Author of two books, The Last Rolo (2016) and Sit, Stay, Roll Over (2017)
  • English Language and Literature Reading Skills  published by Pearson Education, 2017
  • A regular monthly magazine column, It's a Dog's Life, for Sussex Living Magazine
  • Writer of book Teaching Creative Writing published by How To Books, 2014
  • Magazine articles regularly published in national magazines including:
Your Dogs Magazine and Dogs Monthly
Caravan Club Magazine and Practical Caravan Magazine
Writers Forum
Professional journals; Intuition and Writing in Education
  • Shortlisted in national Writing Magazine competition for a short story for children, A Dog for Sam.
  • Writer of short stories for CUT website and sale as e-books
  • Shortlisted in BBC Wildlife Magazine Writer of the Year competition
  • Shortlisted in Hatchards Poetry writing competition
  • Poem published in Anthology Lyrical Winds by Forward Press
  • Blogger www.rolotheborderterrier.blogspot.com

"Sit, Stay, Roll Over"

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