1987 Write From The Start. Oliver & Boyd.
1990 Growing Up in Smoke. Pluto Press.
1993 Letters To My Semi-Detached Son: A Mother’s Story. The Women’s Press.
1997 A Stranger At My Table: Mothering Adolescents. (ed.) The Women’s Press.
2003 Shattered: Life With ME. HarperCollins.
2005 Wild On Her Blue Days (ed.). AmberSand Press.
2010 Shooting Stars are the Flying Fish of the Night. Linen Press.
2010 White Lies. Hardback by Quartet 2010; Paperback by Linen Press 2012.
2014 Run, Alice, Run. IQ Press.
2017 The Red Beach Hut. IQ Press.
1988 Dance of The Dolphins. Runner-up. Faber/Guardian/Jackanory Children’s Novel Competition. Selected from 300 entries.
1989 Moving Apart. Runner-up. SHE Short Story Competition. Selected from over 2000 entries.
1990 Cactus Flower. Runner-up. Woman’s Own and Crooks Healthcare Short Story Competition. Selected from ‘several thousand entries’’.
2004 Shattered: Life with ME. Long listed for MIND award.
2004 Scottish Arts Council award to publish Wild On Her Blue Days, an anthology of prose and poetry by unpublished writers who attended classes and workshops facilitated by Lynn Michell and Helen Boden.
2006 ScotlandUnLtd award to set up a community press to work with women writers from manuscript to publication.
2008 White Lies. Robert Louis Stevenson Award. Runner up for a work in progress.
2009 White Lies. Robert Louis Stevenson Award. Short-listed (final six) for work by anemergent writer.
2015 Women in Publishing Pandora award. Final three. “Highly commended.”
2000 – 2007
Weekly creative writing groups, day workshops and weekend workshops at the Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh. The writing groups ran without a break for seven years. Some included women with physical, mental and emotional problems and took very sensitive leadership. Women came from France, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, Australia, USA and Scotland.
2000 – 2009
Group writing and one-to-one mentoring round the kitchen table. The emphasis changed from therapeutic and creative writing to literary writing with constructive criticism of structure, pace, voice and style. Women came with novels, memoirs and poetry. The standard of writing was high.
2000 – 2009
I have run creative and therapeutic writing groups in various locations in and around Edinburgh and by invitation for groups of GPs, carers, people with ME, women with eating disorders, and young people with emotional problems. I have given talks to the U3A. Writers have also come for one-to-one mentoring including a novice writer aged 70 who took her idea for a fairy story through to self-publication and a young writer working on a book of poetry.
In the course of facilitating writing groups and workshops, I became aware that there was a lot of talent out there not reaching the wider audience it deserved. I set up The Linen Press for women writers who were unlikely to find acceptance with mainstream publishers and whose manuscripts needed a lot of editing and re-writing. I have taken from submission to publication the manuscripts of a 94 year old writer, an Indian writer who came to the UK to an arranged marriage unable to speak English, a writer/artist living in Paris, and a young local writer who came to one of my writing groups and began on pieces of writing that grew into a raw, moving novel about delusion and self-harm.
BA Combined Hons English and Drama. Birmingham University. First.
Teacher Training qualification PGCE. Birmingham University.
M.Ed. Educational Psychology. Thesis on language. Birmingham University.
PhD Educational Psychology. Thesis on the language of adolescents. Birmingham University. George Cadbury Best Thesis of the year.
M.Sc Clinical Psychology. Edinburgh University.