I’m a writer and tutor based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have published short stories, novellas and novels, with each requiring research in a different area. My first novel, The Intimates (Legend Press, 2011) was heavily informed by my background in Psychology, from which I hold a Masters degree. My second, Letters from Yelena (Legend Press, 2012) was set in the world of Russian ballet. I was awarded a Research grant by Arts Council UK to travel to St Petersburg and research the novel there. The novel was adapted for the stage and an excerpt of it used in GCSE training material by Osiris Educational. My third novel, How I Left The National Grid (Zer0 Books, 2015), is about Manchester’s eighties music scene. It was written as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria, from which I graduated in 2015. My most recent work is concerned with institutional corruption, and I recently edited the memoirs of the HBOS whistle-blower, Paul Moore. I have taught creative writing at Wordlab Hartlepool, for Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, and for Edinburgh Universities SUISS Summer School. I currently teach three modules I devised for York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.