“You go on public transport to Kairouan?” Walid asks, trying to mask his shock, as he checks me into the five star Raddison Blu Hotel in Hammanet, Tunisia’s beach Mecca. He shakes his head “Not today. The men are too rowdy. It is Saturday. They dr...
Who would have thought that Leicester, a self-deprecating city in the Midlands, would host one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions? Leicester was chosen as a location for the National Space Centre because of the University’s stellar Department of ...
Today is the day. Scotland decides whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or become Independent. And it’s nail biting stuff. It’s a dramatic twist in the history of these isles. Even though we knew two years ago that the referendum was going to be he...
Most writers, even the famous ones, have suffered, at some point in their careers, the pneumonia of despair. Cheeky little thoughts play on repeat. I’m no good. I can’t write. Nobody will read or like it. But take heart. I’ve learnt that Failing is Good!...
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
I blame it on my genes. Globe-trotting is in my family – ancestors were forever on the move, travelling to exotic locations. I went from a small Northern village to London, then Los Angeles then Sydney. Via lots of places in between.
I didn’t know it back then, but I was in training to be a writer early on. Got a degree in History of Art and Anthropology – beauty meets the study of humankind. Excuse for being nosy about people and what makes us tick. Studied Publishing at Harvard.
Paid and underpaid employment
Editor, writer, marketing/content manager, librarian, photo researcher, interior designer, photographer in nightclubs, washer-upper, toilet cleaner, mango picker, supermarket check-out girl on Aborginal settlement, novelty street seller, cocktail waitress…
A sawn-off shotgun hold-up (in a photocopying shop). Major earthquake. Riots in LA. Nearly died in a cave in Vietnam. Nearly killed (accidently) my husband on a scuba dive.
Things I Value
My family and friends, my passport, my laptop, raw chocolate, healthy food, honesty, social and moral responsibility, equality, living in a country that still believes in free speech, just about.
What I write about: Moral responsibility. The search for truth. Thrillers. First novel set in Cambodia. Second in The Philippines. Travel writing – finding the story of a place and bringing it to life on the printed page.