Writers themselves have always known that there are therapeutic benefits to be derived from the process of writing … Creative writing is now generally recognised by many mental health professionals as an important and valuable component in a therapeutic plan …

(Writing Well: Philips. Linington and Penman, 1999)


Creative Writing can be rewarding for anyone, including those with little previous experience, and can be particularly useful in improving and maintaining mental health.


I specialise in bringing Creative Writing to a number of different groups, with a focus on writing for wellbeing.

I am available for workshops and projects for any organisation involved in the Arts or Health and Wellbeing, or both. I received an Honorary Masters degree from Derby University  in 2014 for my work with Writing and Wellbeing in Derbyshire communities.














Care to Write

A group of Derby City Carers with whom I produced the book, From Small Seeds (2013), and who delivered a public performance of their work, related to their experience of caring, at Derby Quad in 2016.

Eckington We're All Write Group

A writing group focussing on mental health and wellbeing, for whom I facilitated monthly writing sessions.

Open Doors

An organisation which takes Creative Writing into prisons, and of which I am the current Chair, co-ordinating recent writing workshops at HMP Sudbury and HMP Foston.


As well as the projects below I am also a former Literature Development Officer for Nottingham City (2000-2008), a post in which I organised many community projects and events, including the annual Poetry in the City Festival. (2003-2007).

St Martin's Church, Bilborough 2016-2017

 Writer in Residence at the church, creating the book, Hidden Treasures: A Labour of Love, about the major restoration of the church, and working with writers in schools and community.

Beyond Words 2013-2014

A project facilitating creative activity for the elderly at Chesterfield and Brimington Care Groups, through discussion, reminiscence, and writing communally and individually.

Carers' Breaks 2012-2013

Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing sessions for full-time Carers in Derby City who needed to take a creative break from their caring role.

Derbyshire Children's Homes 2012

Writer in Residence at Children’s Homes in Ilkeston and Swadlincote, working with children to create a book of their writing for the respective Homes.

Year-long Writer Residencies in two secondary schools in Nottingham City – Ellis Guilford and NUSA Samworth Academy, resulting in the launches of two books of writing – Writing for Cake, and A Collection of Contradictions.

Derbyshire Wellbeing Project


Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing sessions for Mental Health service users in libraries across Derbyshire.

Asylum Seekers into Schools Project


Co-ordinator for New Perspectives’ project with writers and asylum seekers in Nottingham secondary schools.

Newark and Sherwood Millennium
Poetry Project 2000

Co-ordinator of this Millennium project, across the district, working to create and promote poetry with

a number of community groups and organisations, including MIND.