News archive

Feb 2022

We will be launching the anthology of A Life Written - a collection of fabulous work produced by the talented group of writers from  last year's Life Writing course for people of 70+.  Can't wait to see them all again.


Stop Press! I've been invited to tutor a new six week course in the spring.

Nov 2020

Lucky me! I've been invited to read at Lynn Woolacott's launch event of her excellent new collection 'Judy Out of the Box', published by Dempsey and Windle 18 November.

June 2020

Here's my episode of 30 Poets - The Cambridge Writing Retreat Podcast 'I Live With My Sourdough Mother'. This month I'm reading two poems on Jenny Pagdin's The Lockdown Stage It was live, but now available on YouTube. 

New Year 2020

And here we are with PUSH making the Jarrolds Top Ten Reads of 2019! What an incredible accolade. I feel quite astounded.

Nov 2019

What an astonishing time! My feet have barely touched the ground. The first launch and the Story Machine Production have been received with so much support and love. Thursday 24th Oct was World Polio Day and Global Citizen made a film about the importance of vaccination and used Push's story as the hook to hang it on. I couldn't have been more delighted, and I have heard from so many sources that they think my father would be so proud of what's happening. Next up...

15 Oct 2019

 Norfolk launch. Hurrah! Push: My Father, Polio, and Me in my home town and readings at The Mitre Coffee House, Earlham Road, Norwich. Free event. And fully accessible to wheelchairs. I've been insisting on this - but it's been proving surprisingly difficult, even in 2019.

Aug 2021

Thrilled to be leading A Life Written for The National Centre for Writing and in the beautiful Dragon Hall, Norwich no less! A six week Life Writing course for people of 70+. What a privilege to listen to the stories of people's lives and help them tell what they think is important.

Oct 2020

Best news all year! PUSH: My Father, Polio, and Me has been shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2020, Memoir and Biography Category.

April 2020

Lockdown reading needed? PUSH: My Father and Me is suddenly looking very relevant. The polio epidemic called The Summer Plague in 1952, isolation and recovery. Now available for e-readers and Kindle from Gatehouse Press.

27th Nov 2019

University of Suffolk a teaching engagement this time with the wonderful students of Amanda Hodgkinson's Creative Writing department. Exploring responses in short fiction.

5th Nov 2019

Absolutely delighted that The Cut theatre in Halesworth, Suffolk where much of Push is set, is hosting a Book Launch followed by afternoon tea and book signing in the Cut Café until 4pm. Free event, fully accessible. Click here for details.

7th Oct 2019

 Dundee Science Festival Push the Show. The first of the Story Machine Production multimedia shows.

Jan 2021

Honoured to have been chosen as the judge for The Norwich Writers Circle Ivy Ferrari Cup short story competition 2020. Absolutely delighted to announce Jon Platten as a very worthy winner with his beautifully crafted Florence and the Machine. 

Aug 2020

Not one, but three! poems in Obsessed With Pipework 91 poetry journal. And a poem in HCE magazine as well - read it here. I'm on a roll! 

Feb 2020

New project, working towards a poetry collection. Couldn't be more delighted to have four - FOUR! - poems accepted by Indigo Dreams Publishing for a forthcoming issue of the beautiful journal Sarasvati. And you can read my poem The Machinist in Ink, Sweat and Tears right now - be warned, it's a departure... feel free to leave a comment. 

15th Nov 2019

East Anglian Book Awards and Literary Lunch with speeches from Ed Parnell (Ghostland), Rachel Hore (Last Letter Home) and Me! (Push) The theme this year is what effect the East Anglian landscape has on our writing. The same subject, but three very different personal responses. For me? It's what keeps me sane in this very uncomfortable world of the writer.

23rd Oct 2019

It's getting exciting now! Norwich Science Festival has booked the Story Machine Production of Push - in the gorgeous Dragon Hall. Tickets on sale now! Click here!

June 2019

Pre-publication reading from Push as part of Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Week with Amanda Addison and Sally Anne Lomas. Great Q&A and discussion from warm and engaged audience.