As a book doctor, I bring together my experience in publishing with my experience as a writing teacher.
I’ve worked in publishing for over two decades. I was managing editor and then senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and publishing many critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor, I’ve worked for many of London’s most notable imprints, including Abacus, Element, Granta, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Macmillan, Orion, Portobello, Pushkin Press, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Virago.
As a tutor at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, I taught creative writing and seminars in publishing for MFA and BA programmes on campus and online. I learned more than I can ever measure from the many friends I made at Naropa, and gained so much from the wisdom, humour, and creativity I encountered at this pioneering school.
I have also taught at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College, and led seminars on publishing at Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University. I tutor for University College Falmouth’s MA in Professional Writing, and I also read for the Writers’ Workshop and have taught at its Festival of Writing.
I have an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, an MA in English Literature from University College London, and a BA in American Studies from Hull University. As an undergraduate I also studied at the University of New Mexico.
I also write.