I’m a former Times journalist and Arts Editor of Prospect Magazine and the bestselling author of Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband, published by Hodder Headline in the UK in 2014, Little Brown in the US and translated into several languages. I’m now working with a film director to bring Season to Taste – and hungry Lizzie Prain – to the big screen. My first novel, We All Ran into the Sunlight was published by Short Books in 2011 and I’m working through umpteen drafts of books 3 and 4. Something is, or has, changed within; let’s call it recallibration of the ego, and so the writing has taken all kinds of new, frustrating, exciting turns – like being on the back of a dead, then galloping, then plodding, then tired, then waking horse. But we do keep learning along the way. There’s the thing.
Since October 2016, I’ve been on the Cornerstones Literary Consultancy editorial team where you’ll find me consulting, mentoring and editing with great joy. I’ve taken on some terrific projects in the last six months and am inspired by each and every journey. You’ll find us on Twitter here, at the London Book Fair in March 2017 and our website here with our New York office just opened and the blog already up and running here. Which reminds me to update this sight and get going with mine!
I was a part-time student on the Goldsmiths PhD in Creative Writing course but switched to screenwriting with John Yorke and his Story for Screen with the Professional Writer’s Academy. If you haven’t read John’s book, check out INTO THE WOODS: HOW STORIES WORK AND WHY WE TELL THEM or visit his website at John Yorke Story.
I’m still involved with the awesome LITERARY KITCHEN and often found writing in the shed! If you’re in London and want a course in creative writing that’ll make everything pop and bang and whizz, and doesn’t cost the earth, get in touch with amazing Andrea here.
And I’m currently working as in-house writer for a number of small businesses, which keeps me busy, connecting with people and out of my own clouds… I’ve loved getting to know the team at MACARO, run by the brilliant Beatriz, and also ETUI, about to launch… watch this space.
I’m a member at THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABUS in Soho where you’ll find me drinking coffee regularly, working when i can, or dancing if I can’t help it…and I just bought a house in Peckham. South London, which is home to me and my two big kids. It’s taken me a long time to own my own story but I’ve learned how to accept the best and the rest, be all right with faults and vulnerability and still aim high! More than anything the last couple of years have taught me how a solitary writer needs to connect. Not alot. Not all day, by any means. But a little alot. What feels like alot. A little then a little more every day. ‘Only connect’ then, and ‘trust the process’ and keep on working! And then take a break, do a Tango class. see a film. Every story matters. And the story changes us. Always.