I write good words
Quality copywriting for wellbeing practitioners, and other businesses that are doing good in the world
Long- and short-form features, specialising in wellbeing, creative practice and fiction
High-end commercial novels with plenty of twists
I speak good words
Courses and workshops on everyday, digital and workplace wellbeing
Public speaking on all of my specialities
English language teaching
Why good words matter
I’m a novelist, but I’m not a snob about words. In my communications, I choose plain and simple over fancy and flowery.
My hero is George Orwell, a writer who discussed complex issues in the most straightforward manner. This is his essay on writing.
It goes for my teaching, workshop-leading, and public speaking style. I'm clear, and I'm friendly. I get my point across and I always think about the audience.
If you want to know more, let’s exchange some good words right now.
About me, really
I’m half-Yorkshire and half-Chinese. My heritage means I’m very direct, have a great sense of humour, and love my food (I’ll leave you to work out what’s from where). I grew up in multicultural north-west London, and went to university where I studied Media (I got a First, but I keep that to myself 😉).*
When I left university I became an English language teacher. I’ve been working in a detention centre for over 20 years, which has left me an expert listener, space-holder, stress spotter – and teacher.
From 2004 until 2016 I dedicated much of my spare time to global justice campaigning. I wrote dozens of press releases, organised publicity events and street stalls, co-ordinated street theatre campaigns and more.
I started my journey into wellbeing a few years ago after a massive personal crisis (yep, the usual route). I was already an aficionado of yoga and swimming. Since then I’ve explored breathwork, nutrition, neuroscience, mindfulness, healing prayer, craniosacral therapy, and more.
I have a foundation course in Inspirational Breathing, and I'm trained in Level 1 Reiki. I'm also a Laughter Yoga Leader.
I’ve also been a waitress in San Francisco, a schoolteacher in Spain, and a chambermaid in Paris. All that experience has stood me in good stead.
I now live in a lovely old town called Lewes, close to Brighton in the south-east of England. I love meeting friends for coffee, reading anything and everything, and going for a run over the hills at sunrise.
*I also love an emoji.