My story mightn’t have everything, but it has some things: multiple locations. Moments of early promise (writing cover stories! a book!). Glamour (aka annoying George Clooney). Deep disillusionment. A new start. Two births. Another new start.
The most recent chapters have taken me from rain-lashed – and often gorgeous – Swansea, South Wales, to bone-dry – and often gorgeous – Western Australia. I have lived in Perth since October 2018, with my husband and children, now aged 7 and 5.
For the first chunk of my working life, I made my living as a features journalist in London, UK. I worked on staff of the award-winning Saturday Telegraph Magazine of The Daily Telegraph and later at Harper’s Bazaar UK. I also wrote for publications including New Statesman, FT magazine, The Observer, Vogue (UK) and ELLE (US). I wrote scores of features, most often covering the arts, entertainment and fashion, and interviewed subjects including Kings of Leon, Bjork, Charlize Theron, Mark Rylance.
In 2010 I began working in schools – a brilliant and intense learning experience – and completed my training as an English teacher at a London Secondary school in 2013.
Thrilled by the shining creativity contained within the pages of so many children’s picture books, I started this blog in July 2020 to share some of my excitement. Now Stories with Everything exists here, and also as an Instagram feed, a Facebook page and a real life outdoor story time in the finer months.
This year I have brought together my experiences as a writer and teacher to take on a role as a Creative Practitioner for Creative Schools. Working with Year 6 teachers and students in Campbell Primary School, we have developed real-life projects to experience the curriculum whilst grasping practicing the creative habits of learning we all need. Alongside this, I have also completed a MEd unit on Creative Teaching and Learning, and I’m all fired up to continue with this productive, playful and crucial approach. Much more to come…