Hi, I’m Alison and I’m a writer, teacher, writing coach and story collector.

Pretty much everything I write and everything I do relates to the themes of belonging and connection.

Other than that, I like a creative challenge and have the happy ability to turn my hand to lots of different kinds of writing!

I write poetry, fiction and non fiction, with an interest in historical writing, books for children and memoir.

In my freelance work I’ve written educational materials for schools, arts organisations, on-line learning platforms and magazines, as well as promotional material for business clients and heritage groups.

I’ve even written scripts for short films (see an example here.)

I really enjoy wheedling stories out of people and love helping them share them with the world – on line, in writing group anthologies and in their own published books.  As luck would have it, my somewhat eclectic career path has given me the skills needed to support writers with pretty much every aspect of publishing.

I have a BA in English, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing.

I lead writing workshops for young writers in schools and for writers of all ages in the  community.  As an Arts Award adviser, I work with young people who want to earn awards at Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver levels.

I’m accredited as a writing coach through the Arvon Foundation and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and am a member of the Society of Authors.

Oh, and I’m an accredited heritage tour guide, trained under funding dug up by Leicestershire County Council at the time Richard III was discovered in a car park (if you’ll excuse the pun!)

Altogether, I have over 25 years’ experience of supporting writers to develop their creative skills, achieve their writing goals and find their own ‘voice’.

Contact me if I can help you tell your story or if you’d like my input to a literature, heritage or creative activity you’d like to run!