My lifelong love of communication and performance began as a youth theatre student then senior tutor and director. Acting and directing in theatres, schools, workplaces, charities and universities led to my PhD and PGCerts in Teaching Creative Writing (Cambridge University) and Business and Personal Coaching (Barefoot Coaching/Chester University), having formed my fascination with perception and reality: how the roles we play in life inform our identity; how self-belief can inhibit or enhance how much of that self we bring to our life, work and art.

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You’ll find the same themes of authenticity, identity and communication in my first short story collection, Beyond Glass (Black Shuck Books, May 2021; second collection, Twisted Branches, to be published 26 October 2023), in the stories I’ve contributed to anthologies such as the 2022 British Fantasy Award-nominated Dreamland (Black Shuck Books) and Uncertainties Vol. 3 (Swan River Press). I’m also the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit and  GCSE Drama Revision and Study Guide (Illuminate/Hodder) and write and present features for magazines, Blu-ray extras and online series (including Severin Films, Second Sight Films, Imprint Films, Starburst Magazine and Youtube, Jewish Renaissance and Indicator Films). 

There is nothing I love more (apart from writing) than supporting others to enhance, develop and celebrate their authentic voice on the page and out loud. Whether that’s business and personal coaching, mentoring writers, public speakers and freelancers to in their communication, presentation and performances, interview technique, LAMDA Exams, writing, speaking and the confidence to share your authentic voiceare the world’s most transferrable skills. To explore the transformation you want to see in your life, work and art, book a coaching call, sign up for my newsletter, visit the Writers’ Gym podcast or read me on Substack.