I was born in Manchester, studied in Liverpool and trained as a journalist in London. My first work in journalism was at The Guardian, and since then I've worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines as a writer and subeditor, including The Guardian (News, Business, Features, Arts); The Observer (News, Business); The Times (as a classical music critic, and in Arts, Features, News, Opinion, Obituaries); The Sunday Times (News, Business); The Times Online (night editor); The London Evening Standard (Londoner's Diary); and Classic FM Magazine (as deputy editor). I've also worked freelance as a copyeditor for Time Warner Books, the UN University, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and as a reporter for BBC School Radio. I published my first novel, Dances with the Daffodils, in 2013, and two more novels are scheduled for 2021. I also compose music and poetry and set them to video. As a freelance 'wordsmith' I work as a copy writer, copy editor and typesetter, and help clients on a variety of writing-related projects – personal, commercial and charitable.