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I left Durham University with a First Class Maths degree, which temporarily blindsided me and saw me applying for jobs in investment banking.  My most notable interview was with Barings Bank, the day after it crashed, though failure to get the job was blamed firmly on my complete lack of interest in reading the Financial Times. 

My next move was to get a job in television, where I worked first as an Audio Engineer and then as a Post Production Manager.  Favourite moments include being part of a snogging couple in a music video, recording voice over with Porkins from Star Wars, and chatting with Jimmy Page about teething granules…

Children soon put an end to all that London high life and I reinvented myself as a portrait photographer, when my husband and I moved to Bath.  Alongside projects such as Shooting the Undead (a series that required me to learn how to do zombie makeup) and Age Becomes Her (a series celebrating the older woman), my camera has since been deftly focussed on a large number of children’s, fantasy and crime authors.

I started writing a few years ago now, focussing on the kind of books I would have like to read when I was eleven or twelve.For inspiration, I looked to the many interests I have and it took off from  there. 

I spend the rest of my time, not that there’s much left, doing ballet, yoga, playing the piano and being a taxi driver to my three children.

Photography

Inspiration comes from a diverse group of portrait and fashion photographers, including David Bailey, Mary McCartney, Sally Mann, Dorothy Wilding, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Annie Leibowitz.

Portraits are my foremost passion, working either with natural or studio light.  Work includes family and children commissions where I find the best images come from a smile not forced.  Recent work has come in the form of commissioned portraits for authors such as Sarah Pinborough, Lou Morgan, Claire Furniss, Julia Greene, Anna Wilson and of course, Joe Abercrombie!

Writing

Writing Fig Swims Round the World combines my love of maths, music and swimming.  The inspiration came from the group of people I started to meet on my various open water swimming adventures.

I've always been a keen swimmer, but  a chance reading of an article a few years ago, about Lord Byron, inspired me to follow in his footsteps and swim the Hellespont, a 5km stretch of water between Europe and Asia.  Since then I have swum round Burgh Island, competed in the annual Copenhagen Trygfondenswim and completed a night swim complete with glow sticks.  

This year's challenges included learning to free dive like a mermaid and completing my first (and last) marathon swim - 10K down the River Dart.

Bosphorous Europe to Asia 6km swim, 2014

Copenhagen's 2km Trygfondenswim 2017

River Dart 10km Marathon swim, 2018

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