Thursday, 22 September 2016

Summer of 2016

Hills, walking, sketching, cliffs, writing, beaches, painting.

It's been a great summer!

But what has made the summer of 2016 even better, is to have shared some of the best places in Sussex with people who have joined me on walks and my walk with your sketchbook workshops. Thank you to all of you who booked a place and joined me, and also to those of you who have supported me in launching this new project.

Despite the weather here still being glorious, I've had no bookings for my next 2 workshops, so I've decided to cancel them. While it's disappointing, I'm looking forward to going out walking on my own, with time to take stock, explore new routes and test out new spots to write or sketch.

Preparing for next year is about to begin. Hope you'll join me for walking, hills, sketching, cliffs, writing, beaches and painting in 2017.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Page 101

So happy to see this month's Viva Lewes which features a directory spotlight on the walks and workshops I've been offering this summer. Viva magazines are beautifully produced visual feasts that highlight people and events in Brighton and Lewes and I was delighted to have been invited to be featured in such a publication. It's still early days for my new project, so it's great to be offered this extra publicity. Thanks Viva Lewes!

Thanks to Lucy le Brocq for heading up our closest hill to take the shot that was picked for the magazine. This month's theme is "Into the wild" and you can read the magazine online via the link at the top of this post -  or fast forward to page 101 to read the article I'm featured in.

Still time to book a place on this Saturday's walk with your sketchbook workshop - Let the River Cuckmere run through your words and images. And also this Sunday's walk - Through the woods to Ditchling Beacon. More information, photos, and booking details can be found on my website at

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Walk with me at Crowlink

I'm heading out of town early this Saturday morning to lead one of my favourite walks at Crowlink.

The weather's looking good, so I'm really looking forward to walking in a landscape that I know so well. It takes in the exhilarating ups and downs of some of the Seven Sisters cliffs shown in this photo. Lots of beauty and windswept drama packed into 6 miles, with a well earned cafe stop before the final stretch.

Fancy joining me?

You can read more and book your place at -
Go on. All you need is sensible footwear.

Friday, 29 July 2016

All you need

The weather's looking good for tomorrow and I'm busy preparing for my "Walk with your sketchbook" day workshop that will take us out for a day of walking and sketching or writing in the Sussex countryside.

My pile of materials is growing by the minute, despite advising everyone to bring only light kit. I will listen to my own advice and throw a few things out of the bag. All you need are simple sketching or writing materials and a picnic lunch.

We'll be spending the day at Seaford Head and Hope Gap, which are 2 of the most dramatic locations in Sussex, with huge chalk cliffs, wild beaches, downland slopes, shingle beaches, a river estuary, tidal creeks, surrounding wetlands and field margins. And we'll be walking and working outdoors with sketchbooks under huge skies, filling our pages with ideas and sketches.

Love wild places? Want to walk to stunning locations to sketch or write? Want to be inspired by nature? Need a creative spark? Whatever your level or area of interest, all are welcome, beginner and experienced artists, writers, scribblers, sketchers, nature lovers and anyone who has always wanted to try writing or sketching and or would like to try out new ideas.

There's still time to book a place if you would like to join us tomorrow. (Please book before I hit the road at 9am tomorrow morning!!) All you need is a sketchbook and pen and a picnic lunch. You can read all the details about this and future walks and workshops on my website. And you can book your place here. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

The best kind of day

The best kind of day, strolling the strange forgotten landscape of Tide Mills near Seaford, with notebook and camera in hand.

I was planning walk routes and activity ideas to use in a workshop I'm leading, coming up on Saturday 25th June.

All very exciting. There's been lots of interest for this day of walking, writing or sketching outdoors and gathering ideas in this unusual landscape. It's been a bee in my bonnet for so long, so it feels great to finally have the date in the diary, the info on my website and the plans on my desk. I have more locations in mind for other walks with sketchbooks over the summer, so if not this time, hope to see you on another.

You can read more info and book your place on my website here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Gap the mind

Great to have a go at letterpress printing this weekend. Lots of inky fingers thanks to a popup studio event where everyone could have a go.

It's a great phrase, reversing the famous safety message from London's underground. And creating a gap in my mind is something I'm welcoming as I try to firm up plans for workshops and walks. Hoping to get some dates booked into the diary very soon so that people can book a place at

Certainly felt a gap opening up in my mind as I walked through the buttercups this weekend. Another new walk explored that I hope to share with others soon. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Sketchbook in a pocket. Bottle of ink in the other.
Up the track at the end of the next street, through the woods and onto the hill.
Walk for an hour. Leave town behind.
Pick up sticks, sheep's wool and teasel heads along the way. 
Find a spot with a view.
Draw with twig pens.
Scratch into pages with a teasel head.
Use sheep's wool on a thorny twig as a brush.

Full pages.
Inky fingers.
Doze in the sun listening to skylark song.
Walk back.
Take this track home.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

At my desk

This is where I'd like to be right now, walking to the hilltop in the sun, but dark skies are keeping me at my desk today. And while my legs might think otherwise, it's a great day for me to sit at my desk and get on with so many things I've been putting off.

Been a while since I posted here. Lots of changes for me so far this year, including having to move house. It wasn't in my plans, so now that I'm starting to feel at home, I can get back to all the things I was doing before, like adding more content to my website and setting up the new projects that are close to my heart.

Teaching music, playing music, facilitating creative workshops and leading walks are all gradually building and one of my most exciting plans is to bring some of these threads together in workshops that include time spent outside in wild or inspiring places. Something I've been moving towards for a long time.

If you'd like to read more, please take a look at my website at

It would be great to hear what you think. Dates for the first workshops are coming soon. Join my mailing list to be first to hear of workshop and walk dates.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

My new website

It's been a long time in the making, but I recently put my new website on the web at So happy to have taken the plunge and built what I wanted myself, learning so much along the way. It's very much a work in progress, so lots more will be added soon.

I decided to bring all my creative interests together on one site, so there are pages about my music tutoring, performing, my handmade books, workshops and walks.

Be great to hear what you think. Click here for the link.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Not much sketching on the hill

Not been doing much sketching on a hill lately. The sky has chased me home far too many times. Hard to see properly in the thin light of these dark days, but while the soup has simmered on the stove for lunch, I've been busy making more concertina pocketbooks.

Thanks to everyone who bought books from me in the last few months, my Etsy shop was left with near empty shelves, so it's been great to get on and change that.

Recent field research has proved that no-one needs ribbon ties when sketching in a gale on a hill. They make no sense when trying to fold a book away as horizontal rain slants in and you need to run to hide behind the nearest barn. New for 2016 are some slightly different pocketbooks, made without the ribbon ties that I usually add to hold pages closed. Ideal for anyone who loves wild sketching.

These and other books are now available to browse at my Etsy store. Inspiration catchers suitable for sketching, writing, memos, drawings, notes, collage, mini scrapbook, plans, long ramblings…….

Plans are afoot for other creative projects. I'm still keeping them under wraps, but will let you know soon. I have a hundred ideas in my head and it's hard to prioritise, but keeping hands busy has helped me sift through thoughts and plans. Better for being busy crafting.