I think children need the freedom to be creative in learning and in play in order to benefit most from both and become their best selves.
I had a wild, free-range childhood in Nottingham and Wales and attended an experimental state primary school. I’ve tried to give my own children (11 + 14) some of those experiences. In my professional life, I work with award winning projects that develop and promote the importance of creative learning www.room13hareclive.org.uk and free, natural play for children www.playingout.net. I was involved with my children’s primary school and am now a Trustee at their secondary school. We have recently become a Co-operative Learning Trust. This means we – pupils, parents, teachers and the community – own the local schools and can work together to shape their future.
I love stories – reading them, writing them, telling them. From early childhood and throughout our lives, I believe they have a unique power to change the way we think and feel.
All of these things have made me want to write this story and share it with you.
I have had published academic papers and articles in The Guardian and my work involves writing for many different audiences. This is my first novel.