Written words are my first love but I’m also very skilled at interpersonal communication – I listen well, I’m open, and interested in people. How we communicate fascinates me, from the non-verbal to linguistics. My second language is Spanish – becoming totally fluent is a lifelong project, but I can hold my own.
I’m self-motivated and independent, enthusiastic, organized and methodical…
When I’m not studying or writing, you’ll find me in the cinema or perhaps making something out of paper or fabric (or watching people ride bicycles up mountains in the Tour de France).
My approach is:
A kaleidoscope of ideas.
Input and feedback from others amplifies my inspiration. Discussion leads to expansive and fresh thinking. By working together, the result is bigger than what I could do alone. I experienced this as co-founder/director of pop-up cinema Magic Lantern Film Club, as well as being the writer for specific projects with a digital learning design team.
Finding a different angle.
I’m a very fast learner and a lateral thinker (I love playing chess and doing cryptic crosswords). My mind is good at seeing patterns and connecting ideas. I may not have the answers but I do ask the right questions.
It’s not about me.
Writing for a purpose means having the reader in mind. I do this to create content and also when I edit text other people wrote. I bring my experience as a language teacher (guided by student needs) and psychotherapy training (with a person-centred focus).
Fascinated by other cultures.
I am an intercultural bridge person. My adventurous spirit and appetite for diversity mean I have travelled widely, learned foreign languages, and love being in multicultural places. For example? Studying abroad at the University of New Mexico, USA; Community volunteering in Sheffield; Moving to wonderful, Catalan-Spanish-international Barcelona.
Life’s too short for pretence.
I put my money where my mouth is. As a humanitarian and environmentalist, I write letters for Amnesty International, am a member of Greenpeace, a vegetarian, and an all-round tree-hugger 🌿