I started this blog in February 2013, when I worked in a museum and was trying to be a writer. Back then I passed the time by writing short fiction based on the objects I saw every day: I was really interested in the stories material culture could tell.
I won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Prize scholarship in 2013, which helped me take my place on the Prose Creative Writing MA at UEA. During that year my blog become a document of my thoughts and learning, charting my development as a writer and as a student: I graduated in 2014 with distinction and the Curtis Brown Prize for best dissertation.
In the two intervening years, I’ve written a novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. It’s set in 1780s London and is all about what happens when a merchant sets out to impress a courtesan by finding her a mermaid. A draft was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition 2015, and made the shortlist of 3 for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. It’s now been bought by Harvill Secker, and is due for spectacular release in February 2018.
I am learning, still, every day.