Starman

Full of the swaggering adventures of a father, set against the quieter domestic adventure of a single-parent family in Islington in the 1970s. STARMAN is about the many faces of addiction and the erasure of common human connection in its painful intergenerational legacy.

Our recovery project is live!

Yesterday was a very exciting day. We launched our recovery anthology with the award-winning publisher, Unbound, and within the first day we reached 6% of our funding. A Wild and Precious Life: Addiction, physical and mental illness and its aftermath – is a collection of stories and poetry from writers in recovery. It’s a very special book, the…

Writing for survival

Slowly but surely my hybrid memoir is taking form, becoming something larger than its separate parts, dreamed up late at night, and then made real in a messy scrawl in a heavy hardback book, before elevating themselves to type here at my computer. This is how it has grown. I’ve been through the most unimaginable…

The perfect Christmas gift

Last year, I received the perfect Christmas gift. The Arts Council awarded me a grant to continue teaching a group of people who were recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through St Mungo’s in Hackney. I’d been teaching this same group on a voluntary basis for three months previously. The grant not only enabled me…

The magic of writing together

This weekend Zoe Gilbert and I, of London Lit Lab, taught our WRITE & EDIT A STORY IN A WEEKEND course for the second time this year, but introducing more discussion on writing personal essays. It is an intensive writing and editing course over two days. Students usually come with an idea, and spend most…