I am a freelance writer, content creator, poet, novelist and children’s story writer. I have a background and qualifications in Psychology and English, and have worked, among many other things, as a Psychology tutor and researcher. I have several years experience writing content and blogging for both print and online publications, including for academia, the charity sector, and popular media. For more detail on my copywriting/content creation experience, see here.
My poems, short stories and articles have appeared in both print and online publications. I love to write about what makes us tick as creative and soulful beings, and am lit up by characters who give us insight into our deepest longings and our own journeys. At the moment I am working on ‘Wild Motherhood: Keeping the Creative and Soul Fires Burning’, which explores the intersection of motherhood, spirituality and creativity in the lives of women, weaving together content from interviews with mothers with my own experience and the work of other authors. For more, see my support website for creative and soulful mothers, where I blog about motherhood, creativity, spirituality and life balance. I have also written a children’s book, ‘The Lonely Oak’, which I am working with an illustrator to complete, and have two novels on the back burner: one magical realist style and one what I term ‘new age chic lit’. I offer regular creative writing workshops in Brighton and Lewes including workshops for mothers to explore their experiences.
My freelance writing experience includes writing for Elephant Journal, working as a content writer for Suite 101 (writing as Hayley Nichols), covering a variety of topics from complementary health to childcare to social issues, and writing articles for parenting magazines ‘The Mother‘ and ‘Juno‘, as well as inspirational online women’s magazine ‘Wild Sister’ and the parenting website My Mum’s Diary. I also wrote about Brighton subcultures on award-winning oral history website My Brighton and Hove and co-authored a chapter in a psychology and law textbook.
My poetry has appeared in ‘The London Miscellany‘, sister magazine to ‘The London Magazine’, as well as in ‘Obsessed with Pipework‘, ‘Dreamcatcher’, Page & Spine, Inky Needles, and a local Brighton publication. I performed poetry regularly on the Brighton spoken word circuit from 2004-2007, appearing on ‘Radio Reverb’ and featuring as Brighton Poetry Society Poet of the Month, and self published ‘The Bare Bones’ and ‘The Bare Bones Vol 2′, which appeared in Brighton’s ‘City Books’. My poetry adventures have included regularly co-writing and performing in a ‘poetry band’ called ‘The Writing Sisters Collective’, including award-winning writer Louise Halvardsson. One of my short stories appears on mobile quick reads website ‘Ether Books’: http://catalog.etherbooks.com/Products/627.
My writer/poet inspirations are Lionel Shriver, Louise Tondeur, Kate Atkinson, Jeanette Winterson, Cate Kennedy, Alice Hoffman, Bernadette Cremin, Edward St Aubyn, Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds, Charles Bucowski, Leonard Cohen, Mark Hudson and Audrey Niffenegger. For creative mentorship/inspiration I love Leonie Dawson, SARK, Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron.
Photo by Shakeel Ansari.