Ninette Hartley

Ninette Hartley

Writer, Memoirist, Teacher, Speaker.
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Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Fiction, Historical fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Short story

Book types

Non-fiction for adults


I am a writer, mother, grandmother, wife and teacher. I have followed many paths – from acting and dancing to magazine publishing, and even driving a pony and trap – but I always come back to storytelling.

I have an MA in creative writing and have been published in three short story collections. In 2015 I was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize, and was long listed for the Poetry Prize in 2020. I have won or been placed in several flash fiction competitions. I published my first book, a memoir Dear Tosh in May 2021. 

I teach Creative Writing Sessions online and in person. I am happy to work with young people or adults.  A day's workshop for creative writing covering prose or poetry or both.  

Working online I can offer weekly two hours sessions for up to ten participants. 

I believe that writing can be extremely therapeutic and I am able to lead a session to stimulate discussion, and the written word,  for students and adults about loss and grief. Using aspects of my own journey through grief and the way in which writing helped me come to terms with the loss of my 27-year-old son in 2011.

Whatever the age group I can adapt my sessions/talks to suit. 

There is a joy in writing from the heart and my belief is that everyone can and should write even if only for themselves. 

I have experience in teaching dance, English as a foreign language and in the production of performances; plays, dance. 




Books by Ninette Hartley

I have an MA in Creative Writing and have published one book to date.

Dear Tosh

Dear Tosh is a memoir and is a mother's story of love, grief and acceptance. Graffiti was Tosh's passion, and one slip, while out scouting for a site, cost him his life. For the tenth anniversary of his death, his mother writes him twenty-seven letters; one for each year that he lived. She tells him things she did not have the chance to say when he was alive, talks about his childhood and teenage years, and brings him up to date with what has happened in the family since he left. Going back ten years, reliving the days around the fatal accident, she tells him what that time was like for her.