I grew up on the edge of the North Downs, England. After studying ecology and anthropology at university I retrained as a landscape architect and designed parks and gardens in England, Denmark, and Canada for over twenty-five years. I moved to Winnipeg, Canada in 2005, and inspired by the possibilities that opened up as I started a new life on a different continent, I began writing fiction, and published my first book in 2009. After living abroad for twelve years I came full circle, moved back to the UK in 2013 and now live on the edge of the South Downs, by the sea in Brighton. After moving back I continued writing and also commenced several part-time jobs: tutor on the Creative Writing Programme Brighton, writing mentor, freelance editor, and English language teacher. In addition to this I am currently a member of New Writing South’s Write Process I writing group, where I continue to hone my craft as a writer, listener and critic in an inspiring and supportive environment. Visual art and film have been another source of inspiration and creative nourishment and I have a special interest in the relationship between visual images and the written word. I am currently writing my fourth novel, Sixteenth of an Inch.
Seal Intestine Raincoat (NeWest Press 2009)
- Winner Trade Fiction Book Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards 2010.
- Honourable mention Sunburst Fiction Award 2010.
- Shortlisted John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer 2010.
The Insistent Garden (NeWest Press 2013)
- Winner Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in Canada.
The Eavesdroppers (NeWest Press 2018)