I’m a novelist, poet and editor. Independence is a recurring motif in my thinking – I home educated my four highly independent children (now independent young people); did my PhD in feminist theology at a time when it was an emerging mode of thought; run independent creative writing courses with the highly independent poet, Pete Marshall, and have moved through major institutions, educational, spiritual and domestic, to work towards my own independence, including running an independent press.
I have published books on home education and parenting, focussing on living with children in ways that respect their autonomy, as well as novels and poetry collections. I recently completed a novel, This is the End of the Story, about Cassie – ‘belief is her gift’ and, growing up in Teesside in the 1970s and later traveling to Toledo on a personal quest for meaning and identity, she explores how one person enables the internal life of another. My next project will be a sequel that explores the boundaries of identity and reality in the lives of three people – A Remedy for All Things will be set in Budapest in three time periods as the lives of a 90s literary researcher, a 30s poet who committed suicide and a 50s nurse and political prisoner after the 1956 uprising, intersect in extraordinary ways.
My poetry collections include Stale Bread & Miracles, a prose poetry sequence that charts my ordination to the priesthood at the first ever CofE ordination of women and my break with the church; Slate Voices (with Mavis Gulliver) – a long sequence about Cwmorthin – an abandoned slate mining village in the foothills of the Moelwyns, that moves across several forms and poetic registers; and Turn/Return, a limited edition pamphlet of open field poetry that charts movement across seasons and locations and takes inspiration from Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards. I’m currently working on a new poetry sequence, A Year from the Mulberry Moon.
You can find out more about my books here.