I was born in London but brought up in Nottingham. My first degree was in Music, from Bristol University, but I then pursued a career in information and library work, which included a few years abroad working for the British Council. An interest in travel and languages has been constant.

After continuing my professional career in London, mainly, I returned to Nottingham in 1999, and was delighted and fortunate to find a very active writing scene there. I completed the MA course in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2006, and later joined the Nottingham Writers’ Studio.