I am a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. I began writing when I returned to education when I was thirty-two. I went to Norwich School of Art and Design, where I did a degree in Cultural Studies. I had a great three years, our time was spent in thirds: art and social history / studio work / creative writing. Before this I had been a chef, a mini-cab driver, and a painter and decorator. After art school I went onto the MA in Creative Writing at UEA where, ten years later I became the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow. The first book I had published was in 1999, a collection of short stories, set in Stoke-on-Trent, where I was born: It Cracks Like Breaking Skin was published by Faber and Faber.
Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, Summer 2008, with Dylan and Ollie