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 (you can watch one I wrote recently here.)

I really enjoy wheedling stories out of people and doing what I can to help them get published.

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

I’m accredited as a writing coach through the Arvon Foundation and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).  As an Arts Award adviser, I work with young people who want to earn awards at Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver levels.

I lead writing workshops for young writers in schools and for writers of all ages in the  community.  I also run family-friendly creative activities at exhibitions, events and festivals.

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 or creative activity you want to run!