About me

I live in south-east London and have spent over twenty years working in secondary school English teaching, local authority consultancy in Tower Hamlets and Hackney, initial teacher training for Teach First, and educational resource writing. My freelance work has led to my writing for the National Strategies, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Literacy Trust and for the publishing houses Hodder Education, Harper Collins and Balberry Publishing (York Notes). 

After school I studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University (1994) and went on to complete a PGCE (1995) and a Masters at King’s College London in English and Education (2003). For my MA dissertation, I wrote about the self-initiated personal and creative writing practices of children and adolescents. I have a coaching accreditation from Relational Dynamics 1st (2019) and am currently studying for a postgraduate diploma with QCD in Career Development at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am a member of the Society of Authors and a student member of the Career Development Institute.

I have always written creatively, particularly poetry and – more recently – children’s fiction. I am interested in the role played by personal and creative writing in the lives, identities and wellbeing of people from all walks of life and of all ages, and in the space that coaching – and specifically career coaching – provides for imagination, exploration and self-actualisation. My blog ‘Careering’ is a space where I explore both literature and careers, and the endlessly fascinating overlap between the two.

Adventures in Career Development

Thoughts about career and other stuff from Tristram Hooley

Career guidance for social justice

Exploring the possibility for better careers and a better world

Poetry in Process

Understanding poetic process from inspiration to final edit

This Itch of Writing

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the dignity of the thing

Christine Counsell's blog

The Marginalian

Marginalia on our search for meaning.

Sue Dymoke Poetry

Create, Listen, Perform, Read, Research, Teach


Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional

Blog • Poetry School

Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional

The Greenwich Phantom

Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional


Clare's Official Site

Spitalfields Life

In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London


Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional

Michael Rosen

Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional


Writer, Educator and Career Development Professional


skulking, writing, thinking, but mostly skulking

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