The Listeners, my first novel (and first book) won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize.
I live in Norfolk and have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I’ve been 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.
I’m 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 should take place around the end of October 2020.
In the past I’ve 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 previously worked extensively in television and media production, and more recently have undertaken a large amount of freelance editing and copywriting work.