I studied English & Theatre at Warwick University and went through a series of odd jobs like you do when you’re young. I sold T shirts on Brighton Pier,doughnuts from a stand opposite the elephant enclosure at Chessington Zoo and records from a shop in Waterloo Station.
For a year or so I volunteered at a scheme for kids who had just been taken into care and one of the activities we had to do was teach photography, so I learnt about that and then went to work in a photographic agency in London, selling images to newspapers and magazines.
From there, I went on to become a photo journalist, sometimes working for daily newspapers but mostly working for the trade press and the organisations involved in delivering public services in the UK.
I began writing about five years ago because I’d always enjoyed it when I was young and I wanted to see whether I could actually write a book. It turned out I could.
Close to the Wind was published by David Fickling Books in July 2014.
My Name’s Not Friday was published by David Fickling Books in July 2015.