On average 84 men kill themselves every week in the UK. This is unacceptable. For me – it’s not just that they’re dying. It’s that they’re choosing to die. Reasons can range from financial problems, to abuse within the home. My beautiful older brother Matthew (featured above) took his own life 6 months ago. The […]

Social media is absolutely frigging exhausting. Every morning I wake up, and it’s competition time. ‘Ping’ goes the phone – who’s been nominated for a prize today? ‘Ping’ it goes again. Who’s poem did what where? ‘Ping’ a third (or gazillionth) time. Was that a prize I didn’t even know about?  Did I miss it? […]

Since Unable Mother came into being, people have asked me what the book is about. In many ways I’ve avoided working out how to respond to any question like this, because ideally (like many writers) I’d like the writing to speak for itself. But after chatting with a dear friend in a coffee shop a […]