Body of Work

To ‘broodle’ is to reflect, think, contemplate – something I do all the time but particularly when walking, exercising or just taking a break. I hope you will find something here to broodle upon…

T.S. Eliot

I couldn’t leave Dorset without nipping across the border to Somerset and paying my respects to another great poet, T.S. Eliot.

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Storying the Self

“We use the phrase ‘Storying the Self’ provocatively. ‘Storying
the Self’ complicates any notion that selves are easily definable or even knowable in any
direct way.

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Beta Readers

Working with beta readers is one of the best things a writer can do to improve their manuscript.

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Good luck to all my writer friends taking part in Nano this year – and why I’m taking this year out…

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Anticipation for Netflix’s Rebecca

Lily James looks as if she might be believable. The first time I read Rebecca, I was immersed so fully that I failed to notice the protagonist had no name – she was me, and I was her.

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The Portal

This poem was written as a personal response to unanswered questions after the death of my step son-in-law.

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Poem inspired by a visit to the ‘Brighton Donut’ – a sculpture by Hamish Black.

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Turtles Lesson

Focuses on sea turtles, with optional links to links to literacy activities – letter and story writing.

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Inspiration for Three Faced Doll

My novel Three Faced Doll was inspired by a doll my sister and I shared when were young. The plot developed from broodling about lost sisters, dead twins and madness in my family.

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