Born in Manchester (UK), I was lured to Melbourne with the promise of pavlovas and endless sunny days, and assurances that huntsman spiders aren’t that big. (They are.)
Having taught English and French for many years, these days I’m active in community theatre as a writer, director and actor. Heavily involved in my local company, I can also be found Front of House, slapping paint on sets or occasionally lurking in the wings as assistant stage manager.
I wrote my first play, ‘Committed’, for the Parent Drama Group at my sons’ school and have subsequently written a number of plays and short stories. I write in a wide variety of styles, from quirky comedies to darker psychological dramas.
When my son told me he’d love to read a novel written by his mum, I obliged with the psychological mystery, Peter Stone, and followed up with The Close, which I’d probably describe as ‘suburban noir’.
I’ve gained a number of awards and commendations for my stories and plays, including: First Prize, ABC Radio Northern NSW Short Story Competition (2009); Third Prize, Chorley & District Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition(2020); Third Prize National Playwright Competition (2005)and Best Playwright, Monash OAP Festival (2019).