curriculum vitae

Plays
‘A Day Out in Eastbourne’ winner of the American Theatre Company playwriting competition in 2007.

Part of a team of writers working on Coronation, performed at the Cheltenham Everyman in July 2009.

The Bench – given a script-in-hand-performance at The Cheltenham Everyman as part of a week of one act plays in October 2009.

Commissioned by Cheltenham Everyman to write a play for The Fiesta in the Park and The Cheltenham Festival of Literature (2009) based on interviews with a Bangladeshi Women’s Group entitled ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

The Question of Dog – given a script-in-hand-performance at The Cheltenham Everyman as part of a week of one act plays in October 2010.

Commissioned by Cheltenham Everyman to write a play for The Fiesta in the Park and The Cheltenham Festival of Literature (2010) based on interviews with recent immigrants entitled ‘You People.’

Writing a monologue to be used by the Cheltenham Everyman as part of Writes of Spring (March 2011).

Received funding from the Arts Council for the development of ‘Love Match.’ Performed at The Cheltenham Festival of Literature in October 2011 and ran for one week in the Everyman in February 2012.

Short play ‘The Molten Magician and The Dancing Bone’ for the Everyman Youth Theatre performed at the Everyman November 2011.

Commissioned by Paines Plough as part of ‘Come To Where I’m From.’ Performance of Hunting Home at Parabola Arts Cheltenham November 2012.

Monologue ‘A Blue Bonnet For Samuel’ at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden March 2013.

Awarded Arts Council Funding for full length production of ‘Before The Fire Burns Out.’ Premiere at Cheltenham Festival of Literature in October 2014 followed by one week run at The Everyman Studio.

Monologue ‘A Blue Bonnet for Samuel’ performed January 2014 as part of the One Festival at The Space, East London.

Monologue ‘Hunting Home’ part of Paines Plough installation at London Literature Festival in the Southbank Centre, London.

Memoir
‘Dead Babies and Seaside Towns’ published by Unbound in July 2015.

Novels
‘What the Eye Doesn’t See’ published by Simon and Schuster in May 2002

‘If Only You Knew’ published by Simon and Schuster in November 2006.

Third novel in progress.

Competitions
Second place in the Frome Literary Festival Short Story competition 2005

Winner of the Margate Open Poetry Competition in 2003

Short listed in the International Section of the Real Writers’ Short Story competition 2001

Short listed for the Ian St. James Award in 1998

Winner of the 2014 V.S. Pritchett Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Literature.

Two short stories longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2015.

Shortlisted for the Fish Short Memoir Prize 2015.

Longlisted for the Bare Fiction Prize 2016

Short Stories
‘A Fair Exchange’ published in the New Writer in May 2002 and The Bulletin, Brussels in May 2006.

‘A Day Out in Eastbourne’ Cinnamon Press Anthology.

‘The Stop’ published in The Yellow Room in August 2009.

‘Ray The Rottweiler’ published in Prospect and in the RSL Magazine in January 2015.

Literary Festivals
Speaker at Words By The Water in Keswick – March 2006

Teaching at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature – Autumn 2005

Reading at the Hay Fringe Festival – May 2006

Reading at Cheltenham Festival of Literature – Oct 2010.

Articles
The Reader, The Guardian, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Mumsnet, The BCT Magazine (Brussels),

The Bulletin (Brussels), The New Writer, The Stroud News and Journal.

Teaching
Teaching for Oxford University Master of Studies in Creative Writing from summer 2008 to present.

Associate Lecturer for the OU teaching a first degree level course in Creative Writing 2006-2008

Teaching for the London Regional Arts Club 2007

Teaching for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature 2007

OU / Waterstones creative writing workshops in Waterstones, Brussels 2006

Teaching for Arvon in August 2010, June 2013

Teaching for Skyros in April 2010

Education
MA in International Politics. Distinction. Universite Libre de Bruxelles (October 93 – June 94). Thesis on Roma communities in Eastern Europe.

MA in Modern History. 2:1. Awarded the Fletcher Scholarship. Worcester College, Oxford University (October 86 – June 89)

School of S. Helen and S. Katharine, Oxfordshire (September 77 – June 85). Awarded a six form scholarship.