News

2021

Aug

Writer - Opening Ceremony Commonwealth Games 2022

Have had to keep this a secret since March!

 

May

Longlisted – Mslexia Children’s and Young Adult Novel Competition with ‘A Heart Full of Stars’

2019

December

Wuhan – Yes, I was in Wuhan at the start of the outbreak! Flight cancelled. Everything locked down. Eventually evacuated. Flown to Brize Norton then driven to The Wirral - (coach #4). There’s a story in all of this…

November

Playing it Safe podcast is out. Commissioned monologue for Women and Theatre's Prime Time..

 

 

“Women & Theatre’s Prime Time series features dramatic monologues about women of retirement age. Developed from research conversations, they reflect the language and lives of ordinary people and put women’s stories, writing and performance centre-stage.”  

 

October

Rehearsals have started for Prime Time. This is going to be good. It was so weird walking to work, passing the Birmingham Rep and seeing my name on this poster. I didn't even know it was up.

September

Down to London for the launch of the TLC Free Reads Anthology. I am one of the 20 authors published in the anthology. It’s was a really chilled evening, and great to meet some of the other authors.  PLUS - one of the agents wants the full manuscript. Fingers crossed!

The anthology has been sponsored by AM Heath as part of the agency’s centenary celebrations.
Twenty writers were selected from 118 submissions received by TLC for inclusion in the anthology, with chosen entries including a YA crime following the drowning of a man on a Yorkshire council estate, a literary reimagining of Boko Haram abductions set in a fictional African country, poetic reflections on climate change, and a middle grade adventure about magic and loss. It has been guest edited by acclaimed Grenadian novelist Jacob Ross and features cover artwork by Hong Dam, a Vietnamese visual artist.

The event was also featured in The Bookseller and in Book Brunch (subscription only). 

 

Have finally finished my monologue for Prime Time. A good learning experience and the chance to work with a really friendly and supportive team. Amazing how something that is quite short, can take so long to get right.

May-July

In Shanghai, China. I'm there to teach and it's lovely to be back, but very little time for writing. Can only manage to work on the monologue, no time to look at, never mind work on the novel.

March

Selected as one of 20 authors whose work will appear in the first ever TLC Free Reads Anthology

 

February

Update: Commission confirmed. Working with Women and Theatre and the Birmingham Rep on Prime Time – a series of monologues about women.

 

Arvon retreat to work on my novel, Four Storeys. I would not have been able to do this without the aid of an Arts Council grant, and I am enormously grateful for the writing time this grant provides.

2018

November  

I may have my first writing commission for theatre (subject to funding). Watch this space. How exciting and a little bit scary!

 

White Gold, staged reading. The Mac, Birmingham. Nov 18.

 

October  

Longlisted: Theatre 503 with The Jackanooni.

 

August 

Longlisted: Papatango Theatre Award with The Jackanooni

 

June 

Launch of Midnight Listening - including an extract of work produced as part of the Arvon/Jerwood Fellowship.

 

April 

Awarded Arts Council funding to work on a play and a novel!

 

2017

September

Selected for Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Write Away programme.

The Big Think part of the Human Values Foundation

Four stories for use in primary schools around the country.

 

Update: 

My WriteNow journey stops here. Got so close… down to the telephone interview! Huge congratulations to those who were selected.

 

February 

Selected as Jerwood/Arvon mentee for playwriting 2017/18. My mentor is Tim Crouch! Am super excited and really nervous at the same time.

 

January

Shortlisted for WriteNow 2016 

2016

October

Winner: Creative Futures Literary Awards 2016

Longlisted: WriteNow 2016 

2015

November

Selected as one of Cultureword’s Women in the Spotlight 2016

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