I am a children’s writer and have just completed the MA Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University (2018). I work as a freelance writer and literary translator, combining my love of languages and literature. Having spent my life travelling between France and the UK, I’m aware of the number of stories and voices that never cross the borders into other cultures. Writing and translation are my attempt to bridge that gap.
I was born in the UK and moved to France when I was ten. I attended Bath University in 2013 to do a BA degree in French, Italian and European Studies. I always thought I’d be a journalist, but after working in a magazine in Paris, I decided it was literature that I loved. During a summer spent au-pairing in Rome, I fell in love with children’s books all over again, and when I read an article about a child who was visited by crows, the idea for my current work-in-progress was sparked. I’ve been working on the story of Miette, a girl who must save storytelling by overcoming the death of her sister, over the past year on the MA Writing for Young People. Alongside writing and translation, I teach creative writing to children with Chelsea Young Writers and read for a literary scout.
Why I write for young people
When I was a little girl, I didn’t necessarily want to be an author. In fact, it wasn’t until I found a biography of JK Rowling in the library that it occurred to me that writing could be a career. I wanted to be the children in the stories I read. I wanted to cross rooftops like Lyra, sneak into the library’s restricted section like Hermione and solve mysteries like Harriet the Spy. Writing lets me do these things every day.
I write for children because children are creatures of story. Because children notice things grown-ups don’t. Because children deserve to find themselves in the books they read. I write for children because they are the best readers. Because we spend childhood and adolescence figuring out our place in the world, and despite the difficulties of this, young people are still able to suspend their disbelief and embrace magic.
When I’m not reading, writing or translating, I’m travelling, cooking (eating), journaling, exploring the countryside and spending time with my (big) family. Some of my favourite books are A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell and The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera. I’m a Ravenclaw through and through.