All About Me
I was born in London - the fifth of six children- and now live in Brighton, East Sussex. I trained and worked for many years as a teacher of children with special needs, whilst bringing up my three sons. More recently, I've rediscovered my childhood love for poetry and have returned to the reading and writing of it with a passion. I now want to enthuse young people with the possibilities that poetry can bring and help them explore their own writing. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the country performing my poems at festivals and via The Children’s Bookshow along with creative workshops in schools.
My first rhyming picture book A Patch of Black - a lyrical bedtime story that helps young children overcome their fear of the dark, was published by Macmillan &.Illustrated by Deborah Allwright.
Over the last few years I have had numerous poems published in anthologies for adults & children.
In 2011 my collection, The Language of Cat was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. I was really pleased to have my poems sit alongside some of the best novels written for children.
It has also won the 2012 CLiPPA (CLPE) award.
My collection My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the CLiPPA (CLPE) Award 2015.
My latest book of poems, A Kid in My Class, was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award 2019 and has won the 2019 North Somerset Teacher's Book Award.
The Problem with Problems, a rhyming picture book illustrated by Zehra Hicks, that helps with problem solving, will be published by Anderson Press in March 2020.