My Background

I have an eclectic background. I love the arts, working with people, exploring ideas and creating things. I have worked with elderly, special needs adults, preschool, primary-aged children and teenagers in a variety of capacities including writer, photographer, performer, director, caregiver, nanny, art teacher, dance teacher and TESOL tutor.


As co-founder and Creative Director of children’s theatre company StarFish Magic, I was able to combine my love of children and their imaginative worlds with writing, performing and creating shows. I also enjoyed making all the costumes and props.  For 14 years, StarFish Magic performed an average of 200 shows per year at preschools, schools, festivals and public and private venues throughout New Zealand and Australia. Prior to Starfish Magic,

I was a member of The Aunties for three years, performing and writing shows, making costumes and marketing.

Click here to see photos and reviews from Starfish Magic 




Children's books:

Star Fairy’s Top Secret Guide to Fairyland

Pan MacMillan, Australia, 2007


To Cut A Long Story Short: The Life of Ian Devereux Life Stories, 2017 

Good Clean Fun Life Stories, 2018

A Skylark Sings Life Stories, 2019


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Master of Creative Writing (AUT) 2015

Graduate Diploma of Arts in English (Auckland University) 2013
Trinity Certificate in TESOL Diploma (Trinity College, London) 2011
Diploma of Design in Visual Arts (Unitec) 2010-2012
Bachelor of Arts in History (Otago University) 1989-1991
Diploma of Clothes Design (Wellington Polytechnic) 1987-1988


Star Fairy's Top Secret Guide to Fairyland

Pan Macmillan, Australia. 2007.

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