I am a writer and dance/movement practitioner, living in Leeds, Yorkshire. I teach movement and creative writing at West Yorkshire Playhouse, write freelance features for the Guardian, Psychologies Magazine and Femail, and have published three books. The first, way back in 1986, was Flowers in Hell, an investigation into women and crime. The second, A Handful of Earth, came out in 2007. This was a diary of grief and recovery in the garden. (For five years I was garden correspondent for On:Yorkshire magazine, and now occasionally write for them online, covering all things green and arty!) My most recent book, Old Dog, was published in 2013, and is about the exceptional bond between dogs and humans – in particular, one special mongrel called Muffin. I am also a linguist, am studying Hungarian – very hard language, wonderful country – and love singing, travelling to Eastern Europe, and messing about in my garden. Communication is really important to me – in words, in movement. So having a blog gives me the chance to write, informally, sporadically, enthusiastically, whenever I choose, about whatever I like…And maybe someone will read it too!
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‘A Handful of Earth’ (John Murray)
‘Old Dog’ (Simon and Schuster)