Here's a bit more about me: I originally trained as a mental health nurse at the Whittington Hospital in North London (foundational experience), but left nursing in 1999 to go to South Dakota (long and wild story) for a year to do a Masters in creative writing. In 2001 I won an Eric Gregory award and took off to Sardinia (you think it's Italy? It's really not) in pursuit of love. In 2005 my first collection, The Point of Splitting, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldebugh Award for best first collection, and in 2006 I moved to a small town by the sea near Rome with my husband and daughter. In 2009 I published Broken Sleep, and in 2010 had the defining experience of my life when I converted to Catholicism and was received into the Church by Cardinal Cottier on the Feast of Saint John of the Cross. My account of this came out with Ignatius Press in 2016 as Night's Bright Darkness, and was followed in 2019 by Annunciation, a meditation on the Annuncitaion in the form of a letter to my daughter.
My latest collection of poetry-- my first in ten years!--Dawn of this Hunger, is out with Angelico Press and Second Spring. Please check it out at the books page.
I also write for The Tablet and Magnificat, among other places. I am poet in residence at the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs, which means that I'm associated with the hermitage and participate in its prayer intentions, projects and concerns.
My life has been a colourful mish mash of the unseemly, the startling and the devout, and my books reflect this. I'm available for talks, workshops, prayer, and creative writing supervision. I'm actually fairly astute with other people's work and am thinking about offering an editing service. Please contact me if you would like me to help you with a fiction or non fiction manuscript, or poetry. I'm kind and sharp, always, when it comes to other people and their work.