I’m a writer and translator, gradually trying to tip the balance in favour of writing.
I always have several projects on the go; my current main project is The Other Side of Time, which takes on the climate crisis and its associated fall-out through the lens of speculative fiction.
Other projects simmering in notebooks and on my laptop: a crime novel featuring a hard-pressed warehouse worker who is reunited with his more privileged friends by the death of the woman he always loved; a novella-in-flash about Grace Darling; and various short stories.
My literary novel, Summers With My Father (once known as the Depressing Literary Novel), was shortlisted for the Northern Writers’ Awards in 2018. I’ve had various short stories published and shortlisted for awards, including winning this lovely competition in 2016. I’ve bottom-drawered two young adult fantasy novels (I love them, but they’ll never be good enough to see the light of day. I’m fine with that). And I’m now having fun with my next novel.
When not writing, I can be found being slightly obsessive about music, or reading widely but not indiscriminately. Activism is important to me; in my opinion the personal is still political. But being an anxious activist and an anxious writer makes for a pretty challenging life sometimes, and I’m starting to post more openly about that.