I started out as a carnival artist working for Notting Hill carnival and lived in Trinidad for three years working for the world famous carnival designer, Peter Minshall at the Callaloo Company.
The tiny Caribbean island has a huge literary reputation and its highly creative culture turned me into a writer.
I co-authored the Rough Guide to Trinidad and Tobago, contributed to various Caribbean publications and became the first foreign female to perform at Breaking New Ground, the showcase for new Rapso singers.
I returned to England in 1999 to attend the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where my tutors were Michele Roberts and Andrew Motion.
Then I guided homeless writers to publication for four years at the Brighton Big Issue Writing Group and was appointed writer in residence in 2003 at the First Base Day Centre, a place of safety for homeless and vulnerable adults run by BHT.In 2007 I established Creative Future with Simon Powell. The charity supports and showcases under-represented artists and writers via the Creative Future Literary Awards, the Tight Modern and a professional and creative development activity programme. Since being established Creative Future has worked with over 5000 artists and put on events attracting 100,000's of people.
I'm also a trained Lapidus mentor for those wishing to run therapeutic writing groups.
My written work features people who live on the edges of society but see the bigger picture. My
current novel, Cane Hill, is a dual narrative: two women from two
different time periods and cultures, with one thing in common, Cane Hill, a
mental hospital in south London. It is a story of identity, of cultural
difference and of finding one's roots.