Writing

I specialise in natural history, the environment, gardening and literary criticism. I’m a Guardian Country Diarist and a contributor to the anthology Women on Nature, edited by Katharine Norbury (May 2021). I also research and write academic papers on the life of the poet John Clare.

I write for Gardeners’ World Magazine and have contributed to other national magazines and journals such as BBC Wildlife , RHS The Garden, The English Garden, The John Clare Society Journal and The Clearing. I was delighted to be longlisted for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2021.

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I enjoy public speaking and recent events have included leading a creative non-fiction workshop on nature writing for the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and talks such as ‘Gardens in the Wider Landscape’, ‘Unusual Crops: The Good, The Bad and Achocha’ and ‘Reverend Niblock: Curate of Hitchin and Master of the Free School’. I’m happy to attend events in person and can also arrange to give talks on Zoom.

My qualifications include an MA in English Literature (with Distinction), Diploma in Creative Non-Fiction, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Advanced Diploma in Garden Design and RHS Level 2: Certificate in Practical Horticulture, Certificate in the Principle of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (with Commendation).

If you’d like me to write for your publication or website, or to give a talk to your group, please drop me an email at dogwooddays@yahoo.com

Click here to see my list of previous publications.