The Journey so Far
My latest collection of poetry is titled `Fieldsong' and is a testament to my love of my home in semi-rural Essex.
Where your branches ticker choices:
Home, On or Out.
Where the land beckons
And the summer grass grows tall.
Here, where the downward slope
Turns to mud in the rain
And winter ice
Lies in pockets in the dips.
(From: You and Me, Tree; Fieldsong; Mandy Whyman (2020) )
I have been lucky enough to collaborate with other alumni of the Potchefstroom High School for Girls in the creation of a short story collection, Common Thread. The second collection is currently being compiled.
I primarily write short stories in response to competition briefs as I find the prompts a useful starting point.
I am working on a collection of short stories based on the supporting female characters in Shakespeare's plays.
Works in Progress
There are two novels in development - fingers crossed for progress into the new year. The text for two picture books are currently out in the ether, waiting for a publisher's response.
In the mean time, my output is mostly poetry and my trusty blog, which reminds me of the need to write - often
Literature allows us to experience the human condition in all its history and settings.
As a teacher, I am often saddened that literature has become something to which there are `correct' and expected answers. A study of Literature should be just as much about interpretation as context. We should be able to find bits of ourselves mirrored in what has been written.
To this end, I have written two study companions - to Poetry and to Macbeth - which I hope will allow students to explore rather than learn, the literature that they encounter
I write blogs because they provide an outlet - for writing and ideas. When writer's block hits me squarely between the eyes, blogs provide a motivation. I first began to blog when I moved to Mozambique in 2011. (https;//mozericay.blogspot.com) Blogging is also fun - I spent several years ghost writing a blog for my border terrier Impi, I currently blog about my life in rural Essex.