Creativity is a central part of my life. I write poetry, some of which has won competitions and been published in poetry magazines/ anthologies. I have been runner-up twice in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Writing competition (in 2011 and 2013). During 2015 and 2016 I wrote a regular blog for the BBC Wildlife magazine website. I have been teaching Creative Writing for 15 years.  I am also an artist and enjoy botanical illustration and lino-printing. I beach-comb on the Jurassic Coast, collecting objects to draw. In May 2018 I published a facsimile sketchbook, A Year on Chesil Beach, featuring places along the Chesil bank at different times of the year. This has now sold over 600 copies. I also spend as much time as I can on the Isles of Scilly which is a very special place for me. I live in West Dorset and have chalk in my bones …

A former Local Patch Reporter for BBC Wildlife Magazine, I am a nature writer, poet and artist. Author and illustrator of A Year on Chesil Beach.


  1. Really enjoy reading your work and especially the photo-montages. Favourite blog is about Kingcombe, knew Nigel Spring who started the original centre and have visited it a few times since. Now we are in South America working on a project in the Andes. To-day is 28 and have been in the Atacama desert most of the day.
    Long to ‘slosh’ along the muddy lanes of Dorset looking for hairstreaks amidst the tangles and fronds of greenery.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. Nigel Spring was the force behind Kingcombe for years – a great chap. I shall be going back there quite frequently so watch this space!

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