I'm a writer, a dreamer, a reader and a yogi. These are passions that come from my soul.
I've dreamed of writing all my life but been very successful at telling myself I'm not good enough. If that sounds like you, please, I beg you, don't listen to that voice of doubt! Write with passion, write with abandon, write because you love it and you can. Don't let anyone tell you, you can't!
After studying French and German and falling head over heels with France, I wanted to translate foreign literature. It turned out to be tractor manuals! They may be poetry to some people's ears, but not mine. I've done lots of things since then, but I always come back, with longing, to the same things ... writing and dreaming.
And then there's yoga ... I took my first class as a teenager with my lovely Mum. This year yoga has become a big part of my life for which I'm grateful beyond words. It is guiding me to live from my heart again; to follow its call. There can be no greater lesson. Increasingly, it infuses everything I do. Cliché perhaps, but it truly does feel like a new journey.
When I'm not writing, reading, dreaming or on my yoga mat, I'm playing music, 'playing' in the garden and doing as many of the things I love with the people that I love as possible.
Recently, I've been inspired by a quotation from Mary Oliver:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
It's such a good reminder that life is a gift.
My very modest writing credentials
'The Soul Loves to Sing': Special Mention, Bradt / Independent on Sunday Travel Writing Competition 2015
'Sunshine Sisters': Longlisted, BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines 2012
'You only know who your Mother is' : Runner Up: Fish Short Story Prize 2011. Published in The Fish Anthology 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9562721-2-6
Travel and Countryside features contributor to Unite, now NFOP magazine 2007 - 2013
1980 (ish) Winner: Under 16 H.E. Bates Short Story Competition.
I couldn't resist including this. I don't remember the title, just that it was a passionate piece about people dying in a shipwreck! At first I was awarded second place. Then it was discovered the first prize had been awarded to a story 'borrowed' from H.G. Wells. The borrower was eliminated and I got a promotion!