After growing up in the North East of England I moved to Manchester for university and have split my time between the two since then - although I'm now living firmly in Manchester. I work in arts education with young people and in schools, exploring how creativity can be built into learning. My masters degree was in applied theatre, and how drama can be used as a tool for social change - theatre's still my passion and I love the carnivalesque.
Outside work, I was involved for years with The Castle Players, a group of brilliant volunteers who perform outdoor Shakespeare in the grounds of a museum in County Durham every summer - my highlight being in 2009, when I played Ariel in The Tempest alongside nine other women. In Manchester, I keep fit through cycling and regular classes, and I'm trying to find time to explore my own writing more.