Author of books for adults, Journalist
After dinner speaking
Nominated for The Guardian First Book Award, 2013Audiences:
Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)
I lived for fifty-five years in Kenya. An intermittent free-lance journalist since the 1960s, I have owned businesses and managed projects for consultancy firms; I taught at secondary school in Kenya, and have organised Pony Clubs and Kenya National Junior squash and cadet sailing events.
My first novel was nominated for The Guardian First Book Award 2013. I have been interviewed on BBC Sussex radio.
Volunteering experiences include Museum Guide for National Museums of Kenya, VSO placement in Namibia, Advocate for Age Concern East Sussex, and small business start-up adviser for Eastbourne charity People Matter.
With children and grandchildren scattered over three continents, I’ve become a world traveller buying a bird book in every country I visit.
School Visits: I have sat in a cosy circle in a school library with a select group of budding writers of varying ages, exchanging views on favourite authors, how to dream, and the art of writing. I am open to suggestions, and am willing to address a class, or an assembly.
Talks to adults: I have a varied collection of slides and a wealth of life experience to draw upon for subject matter. I am happy to adapt my talks to suit your requirements, subjects covered have included Africa, charity, volunteering, and of course, writing.
Fees: negotiable based on Society of Authors recommendations.
Travel: I live near Eastbourne, and am willing to travel.
Before my historical novel was published, I wrote a cookbook in aid of Kenya National Museums and in 2013 a History in aid of my church in Eastbourne.
Society of Authors, Toastmasters International
Other search criteria:Genres:
Crime/Thrillers, History and Biography, Romance
Fiction for adults
Africa, Kenya, travel, history, historical fiction, disability, voluntary work, novelist, teacher, journalist, literature