I write and publish fiction and creative nonfiction for adults and creative nonfiction and adventure for children.
I won the Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017) and my first novel, Remembered, published by Dialogue Books February 2019, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I am interested in narratives that explore silence, identity, legacies, trauma, motherhood, community, and relationships. I’m also interested in creating and watching stories that explore relationships and identity for women over 40. I was shortlisted for the Sunderland University short story award (2018) and Words and Women Competition (2017) and commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017).
I hold an MA in Writing (Dual Concentration fiction and nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University and am a creative writing lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
As a researcher, I’m interested in representation, identity and place. I want to create stories and experiences that celebrate and explore diverse voices and allows us to control our own narrative, representation, cultural memory, and cultural footprint. Whether I’m writing stories, a novel, creative nonfiction, script, or spoken word, stories, home, and relationships seem to be at the heart of what I create.
I host Bookable Space African American Lit-literary salon and Book-able Space Middle-Grade Book club.
I’m interested in digital storytelling, immersive storytelling experiences, and video game narrative experiences.