I grew up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and moved back here when I had children, so my daughters could grow up in this beautiful landscape too.

 Blake Dean panorama by Lee Richardson Foster

Blake Dean panorama by Lee Richardson Foster

I have recently completed my PhD in Creative Writing, and now divide my time between teaching - currently at Newcastle University - and writing. I also love doing school visits and talking to young people about creativity. To find out more about a school visit or to book me for your school, please contact Authors Aloud by clicking here

For a few years, I ran Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre. This fantastic job meant supporting a fresh batch of writers every week, hosting literary evenings, talking books, making meals, and juggling all the unpredictable and varied tasks that come with managing an historic building. Witnessing the transformations that so often happen during an Arvon week was a real joy.

Before that I lived in London and Brighton, and worked in children’s book publishing for many years. I still do some editing and mentoring of other writers, and find it so satisfying to see a creative project taking shape. 

Sometimes it feels as if I've had many different jobs and roles. But being passionate about reading, writing and children's books has been a constant thread throughout it all...