As soon as I talked I told stories, my Mum called them fibs!
I wrote as soon as I could hold a pencil but I never wrote anything factual. My infant teachers thought my Monday morning news book was a spectacular work of fiction. My junior teachers despaired of my despicable handwriting, disgraceful spelling and the pages and pages I produced for them to read. But my high school teachers just laughed along at the plays I wrote and produced.
Eventually I was diagnosed with a specific learning disorder in English, but as I was already on the third Year of my English degree it was clear I wasn't going to let it get in my way. I graduated with an honors degree in English and Drama and also went on to complete my primary PGCE.
I've been ten years old for over thirty years now. For eighteen of those years I attended a primary school in East Lancashire . Eventually in 2017 I was allowed to move into a local high school libaray! Now I work daily surrounded by books, young people and buckets of inspiration.
Inspired by my own two children I started writing seriously in the summer 2010 and joined SCBWI.
The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators is a brilliant organisation for both published and aspiring children's writers and illustrators. It has supported me through a massive learning curve, opened many industry doors to me and given me wonderful opportunities at every turn. Many of which you can read about in 'My News' and 'My Awards'.
I am proud to work as a SCBWI volunteer, both as its annual Conference Speaker Coordinator and occasional contributor to it's on line blogzine Words and Pictures.
Conference photos permissions, Candy Gourlay
And just in case you're worried that my creative juices aren't flowing freely enough, I also contribute regularly to the nonsense poetry site, 'The Funeverse' and take part in a whole range of storytelling events.
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