Before settling in Cornwall in 2002, I completed an English degree at Oxford University and a two year acting training at The Poor School in Kings' Cross and earned a living (just about!) as an actor. I worked mainly in theatre and performed with some great companies at venues including the Wimbledon Attic Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse, the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Windsor, the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the back of my friend's Ford Fiesta.
Like many students and freelance creatives I also did my fair share of temping, waitressing, teaching English as a foreign language, shop work, painting and decorating, babysitting, voice overs, selling strawberries at Wimbledon and dragging people off the streets for free hair consultations! I worked as a casting director and PA to the artistic director of the Barbican Centre in London, a place where art, music, theatre, dance and film all exist under one roof. It was frustrating as hell! I spent my days facilitating other peoples creative lives and had no time or energy left for my own so when I moved to Cornwall I made a commitment to focus on inventing, performing and writing. I started by making three children (a collaboration obviously!) and foolishly tried to do a creative writing MA at the same time. 14 years later and it's still on hold. However in that time, alongside running drama workshops, dancing with community groups, singing in a choir, founding my own theatre company and performing in a comedy series on local radio, I've increasingly focused on my writing.
I've been published in magazines and anthologies and regularly perform my short stories, monologues and flash fiction at literary events and festivals. I co-write and perform with an ensemble of gloriously talented, funny and supportive women called 'Riot of the Freelance Mind' and my first YA novel will be out next year.