My name is Pippa, and I’m a writer.
pause for applause 🙂
I haven’t been writing long. I always feel like the odd one out in classes or meetings when everyone introduces themselves, and everyone else has been writing since they were foetuses.
I was a computer programmer, then a manager of computer programmers. Serious geek credentials. I’ve always loved reading. I grew up without TV, was taught to read by my parents, and by the age of 4 was getting through several books a week. I knew all the local librarians by their first names. But for some reason, I never got round to writing, although I always thought it would be a Good Thing To Do.
At the end of 2007 I went a bit strange. Being a geek was driving me nuts. My therapist, bless her forever, bullied me into joining a creative writing class. So I did a couple of terms of evening classes, and loved them. I met some wonderful people and got some great feedback.
I was made redundant in April 2008, which was a disaster at the time, but as so many people told me would be the case, was in fact one of the best things that have ever happened to me. The recession meant I couldn’t get another job – everyone’s busy laying off middle managers – so I decided to take the plunge. I signed up for the Creative and Professional Writing BA at Nottingham University (part-time to start with, but full time from October 2009). I completed the degree in 2012 (got a first! hoorah!).
My tendency (surprisingly – I always hated the stuff) is towards writing poetry. I also write short fiction and novels. I’m a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio, where I’m on the board as the Project Delivery Coordinator. I’m the Secretary of the Nottingham Poetry Society. I’m on the steering committees for the Nottingham Festival of Words and the Beeston Poets. Yep, I can’t help it, I am a committee person. I do not, however, have a blue rinse or a poodle.
Since 2010 I’ve been working for Five Leaves Publications, starting at two days a week and now three days a week. I’ve done several book design and typesetting jobs as a freelancer. I teach at Nottingham University on the Humanities BA, and I’ve given several creative writing workshops at Nottingham University, Southwell Poetry Festival and Nottingham Poetry Society.
I can honestly say I’ve never been happier… and life keeps getting better!
This blog is really the story of my journey towards becoming a real proper published writer. I hope you enjoy reading it. Please feel free to leave comments or contact me at pip(at)oldbat(dot)co(dot)uk – I’d love to hear from you!