I live in one of the most rural parts of West Dorset in the Marshwood Vale. The area has a deep history and distinctive spirit of place. Paul Theroux once said of the Vale that people ‘don’t so much live here as hole up’ and that’s certainly what it feels like sometimes in the depths of a wet winter with the rivers thrashing through sodden meadows.
I enjoy contributing to the Guardian’s Country Diary column. I’m also proud to be a freelance editor for Little Toller Books, a Dorset-based independent publisher, ‘attuned to writers and artists who seek inventive ways to reconnect us with the natural world and to celebrate the places we live in.’
I work part-time for The Arts Development Company in Dorchester, a community interest company that uses the power of the arts to transform lives in Dorset and beyond.
Finally, I have recently finished a novel. Called The Last Saint, it’s a supernatural mystery set in Dorset.