Chinese New Year Storytelling Session and readings


Saturday 1st Feb 2020, Waterstones Braehead 



Thank you to Waterstones for inviting me to their Chinese New Year Celebrations. With my little helpers we learnt about the four dragons and the Chinese goddess Guan Yin and the peacock. Then we listened to the tale of Mulan. Thanks to everyone who came and bought copies of Stories from Around the World! 

National Writers Conference 2019


University of Birmingham, 22nd June 2019

I was a guest on the Overcoming Obstacles Panel: Health and Wellbeing for Writers talking about mental health, being a carer and ways I have found helpful in maintaining a writing routine when life seems chaotic.


As part of the preparation for the conference a website was created by Louise Palfreyman where we write blog posts about our journeys and where more content will be added that discuss issues such as writing with a disability or mental health issues:



Bold Types Competition Showcase

Glasgow Women's Library, November, 2017


My story 'Bound By Love' was shortlisted. The poems and stories were based on the theme - 'Body Positive'.


It was a fun-filled evening and the other writers were amazing. The judges were Buddha Da author Anne Donovan; novelist and academic Zoe Strachan;  intersectional feminist and writer Sim Bajwa, and Wendy Kirk of the Glasgow Women's Library


Photo Courtesy of Glasgow Women's Library

Making Change in YA (Young Adult) Fiction

Birmingham Literature Festival October 2017


Megaphone joined forces with the writers from A Change is Gonna Come anthology for a day of panel talks and workshops to discuss writing YA fiction and diversity in publishing. We all want to see more inclusive voices in stories and writers writing those stories. 


Read Tanya Byrne's article in the Guardian, click here



Photo Courtesy of Writing West Midlands

New Voices of Colour in Children's Publishing 

London Book Fair, March 2017 


Myself and the other Megaphone writers (Danielle Jawando, Joyce Efia-Harmer, Avanti Taneja and Nafisa Muhtadi) read extracts of our work in progress and were invited to answer questions from the packed out audience. 


Here is an account of the day by the lovely Nafisa Muhtadi.








Photos Courtesy of Stephanie King, Usbourne

Changing The Writing World 

National Writers' Conference, Uni of Birmingham, June 2016


I was on a panel with Nikesh Shukla and Melanie Abrahams discussing ways we can bring more inclusive stories to the world. 


Nikesh Shukla 

Melanie Abrahams

National Writers Conference



Photo Courtesy of Writing West Midlands

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