Rinse, Spin, Repeat
I bring my life-changing experience of surviving the Boxing Day tsunami to your audience. In 2004 a round-the-world trip of a lifetime turned to unfathomable disaster when the tsunami struck, separating me from my family. I battled for hours to get to safety, hanging on to the hope that I wasn't the only one to survive.
Speaking from the heart I share the horror, hope and eventual happiness of my story.
Mine is a story of trauma and great sadness; but set against this are messages of resilience, love, human kindness, and above all an un-squashable determination to live.
"Rinse, Spin, Repeat will capture the heart of anyone who has wondered how it's possible to keep going when everything around you crumbles."
I enjoy speaking and engaging with groups of all sizes, backgrounds and age ranges. I tailor the format, content and style of the session accordingly - anything from an informal talk to a structured, interactive workshop can work!
Content-wise I can focus solely on my tsunami experience, or can happily speak about my journey taking Rinse, Spin, Repeat from idea stage, to securing a publishing deal, through a crowd-funding campaign, and on to publication.
For school sessions, my story cuts across many areas of the curriculum including Geography, Science, English, Media Studies and Personal and Social Education.
"It was indescribably moving. Thank you for giving your time to speak to our students, I know that they got so much out of it." Mrs G Ward, Fortismere School, London
I have delivered hundreds of speeches, presentations and workshops including at the House of Commons and a key-note address at a charity fundraiser to an audience of over 400 people. My school sessions are complemented by my background as a Secondary School and English Language teacher.
Media experience includes a nine page feature in The Guardian Magazine, interview on BBC News, appearance in documentary 'After the Wave', and an interview on Irish radio station Newstalk.
"She says more in half a dozen wonky lines and four words than some writers do in a thousand slaved-over pages" Rachel Cooke, The Guardian
I live near Exeter and work mainly in the South West, but am very happy to consider invitations to travel further afield.
My charges are based on the Society of Authors recommendations.