I live in Norfolk and have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I was the recipient of an Escalator Award from Writers’ Centre Norwich, and in 2009 received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a seven-week book research expedition to the Australian Outback.
Previously I worked for BirdLife International and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and have written numerous natural history and conservation-related articles for magazines and newspapers; I’ve also worked extensively in television and media production, and more recently have undertaken a large amount of freelance editing and copywriting work.
The Listeners was my first novel and won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize. I’m currently writing my second book, Ghostland, a narrative non-fiction book for William Collins that’s being published in October 2019.
I’m also the Director of the Wymondham Words literature festival, which is now held every other autumn (until 2016 we held it annually). The 2018 Festival’s highlights included Rebecca Stott, Mark Cocker, Louis de Bernieres, Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts. Philip Hoare, one of my favourite non-fiction writers appeared in 2016, while previous year’s events have featured Sarah Perry, George Szirtes, Richard Mabey, Rose Tremain and Patrick Barkham among many others. The next Festival will probably take place around the end of October 2020.