I studied Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I excelled in Heideggarian studies and produced a thesis examining Love and Sexuality from a phenomenological standpoint.
After graduating I trained as a script reader through Northwest Vision & Media
, regional screen agency for the Northwest, and co-founded the filmmaking collective, Donkey Stone Films, at the Broadway Media Centre
in Nottingham. There I wrote several short films under commission, and began teaching writing and screenwriting workshops in schools, community groups and homeless shelters.
In 2011 I won an IdeasTap fund award to launch The Homeless Film Festival
, and registered this project as a formal charity. I remained chair of the charity until 2013, stepping down to pursue my writing career. I continue to work with marginalised and vulnerable people through St. Mungo's Recovery College
as a tutor in creative writing and screenwriting.
I have been a full member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain
since 2010, sitting on the regional committees for the East Midlands and currently the Guild's Editorial Committee and London & SE regional committee. In this role I help to organise and speak at Writers' Guild events in London & SE.
Early in my career I developed an understanding of funding applications and securing investment, and to date have been awarded funding, grants or bursaries from organisations such as: EM Media, IdeasTap
, Arvon Foundation, Spread the Word
, and the Arts Council England
. My largest grant came from Arts Council England in 2014 and enabled me to work with the British Library
to create a collection of fictional human stories inspired by unusual documents unearthed from in the library's vast archives. The collection, Dead Men's Teeth
, launched at the British Library and can be purchased as individual stories or a full collection.
My second successful Arts Council England application was confirmed in December 2015, for a graphic fiction writing project collaboration with the National Trust entitled A Castle in England
. I will remain at Scotney Castle in Kent as Writer in Residence until April 2016, creating graphic fiction scripts inspired by unusual items in the castle's archive collection.
One of my favourite sources of creative inspiration, Northern Earth Magazine
, is currently undergoing a transition in leadership and I have taken the role of Assistant Editor with a view to become Editor-in-Chief in winter 2016. Northern Earth
is the world's longest running Folklore & 'Earth Mysteries' magazine taking a broad-based neo-antiquarian approach.