A novelist in search of a publisher. I hold a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute and have spent the last ten years teaching English in an inner-city comprehensive. I’m currently working on a series of novels set between the end of Elizabeth’s reign and the English Civil War. The story follows a historical figure who straddled the worlds of theatre and politics, and seems to have known every poet, courtier and religious fanatic of the era.
I’ve been heartened by the recent trend for ambitious novels with an Early Modern setting, and have particularly enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels. But I was also taken with Andrew Miller’s PURE, a beautifully rendered evocation of pre-Revolution Paris.
My story ‘The Doll and His Maker’ was included in MX Publishing’s SHERLOCK’S HOME: THE EMPTY HOUSE.I was short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize, 2012 , and long-listed for the Fish Poetry Prize, 2013.