My collection of short stories, Saving Spike and other stories is available from Amazon and other online retailers in paperback and e-book.Saving Spike cover for advertising

I’ve flipped back and forth between  writing and  academia throughout my working life. These days, I manage the two together as a part-time writer and part-time academic, working for The Open University. These two half-worlds often overlap in unexpected ways.

This site is mostly about my life as a creative writer with pages of boasting about what has been published or performed. And what self-respecting writer these days doesn’t have a blog. Sometimes memoir, sometimes essay, sometimes art review, I write about books, writers and writing, language and political activism.Paola 2016

The writing career highlights – my short stories have been published in several  literary magazines and some of my stage plays have been professionally performed with the support of Arts Council England. Taking a break from scriptwriting, I find myself writing more and more essays. One of these was shortlisted by Wasafiri Magazine for their Life Writing Competition 2014 and a couple have found their way into literary magazines. Of course, there are a couple of novels. In truth, my third and fourth novels – the first two were never published and now seem like distant relatives long dead.  The completed third and fourth novels have had sample chapters to agents and small publishers. Just a couple of positive nibbles, but no fish have bitten yet.

As a linguist, I’ve authored four textbooks, including Digital Textuality (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), and I’ve had my research published in several books and journals. I’m the Book Reviews Editor for Open Learning. I’m also a regular contributor to the Literary Encyclopedia, writing on literary and linguistic topics.

Member of East Anglia Writers and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ)