I grew up on the edge of the North Downs, a range of low hills south of London, UK. After graduating with a BSc. in Anthropology and Environmental Biology I qualified as a landscape architect at the University of Greenwich and practiced for several years in England, Denmark and Canada. I emigrated to Winnipeg in 2005 where I qualified as an English Language teacher at the University of Manitoba. I am now based in Brighton, England where I currently work as a tutor on the Creative Writing Programme Brighton , and also work as a freelance editor and English language teacher. My first novel, Seal Intestine Raincoat, was published in 2009 by NeWest Press; winning the 2010 Trade Fiction Book Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and receiving an honourable mention for the Sunburst Fiction Award. I was also shortlisted in 2010 for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.
My second novel, The Insistent Garden, was published by NeWest Press on 1st September 2013. In April 2014 it was the recipient of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in Canada.