“Everything was massive; huge fjords and vast mountains rising straight out of the fishing-boat-blue North Atlantic.”

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I want to tell you the story of three women I met in South Africa

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I am a writer who takes inspiration from being in the wild, whether its sitting by my garden pond or visiting remote Islands in the North Atlantic.

After a distinguished career in education and health, fighting for improvements in children’s health and well-being, I am now marinating in all the things I love most and writing about them.

I am currently studying for an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University having the privilege of being taught by Stephen Moss, Bafta winning director of Spring Watch and Gail Simmons, widely published travel writer specialising in the Middle East. I studied world religions and social anthropology at under-graduate level and have a fascination for how people understand themselves and the world.

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The poet and the painter

Leonard Thomas Courtney 1895-1918 Killed in Action October 20th, 1918 After one hundred years of lying in a ‘known only to God’ grave in Flanders, my Great Uncle’s Grave was last year...

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Award-winning travel writing

Why the Faroe Islands needs 37 words for fog

I was surprised and delighted that ‘Thirty-seven names for fog’ won the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ weekly competition and was chosen as overall winner for 2018.

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