A word after a word after a word is power."
As a little girl, I wanted to be a writer, yet I didn't originally pursue this course. Instead, I studied at the University of Leicester for a BA in History and Archaeology and then an MA at the University of Exeter. What followed was a few years working for Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) excavating bodies, searching for ancient post holes and perfecting the art of charging my phone with my own body heat. But, as my contract drew to a close, I found my excitement of the job waning, and decided it was time for a career change.
Even as an adult, I continued to enjoy writing in my spare time, and so thought it was time to nurture that interest. I accepted a place at Kingston University for an MA in Journalism, which turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life. I loved the in-depth analysis on current events; crafting ideas into easily understandable text; meeting people from all walks of life...and legitimately spending my time scrolling through Facebook.
My writing is inevitably influenced by my life as a disabled woman; I was born with cerebral palsy and have suffered from epilepsy since I was sixteen years old. (Due to the wonders of chemistry I have not had a seizure for years now...touchwood). But these struggles have given me a unique insight into the issues affecting disabled people - from the difficulty of living an independent life to government policies - and has allowed me to report sensitively on them. As a woman, I am also deeply interested in gender-related issues such as abortion rights, gender pay-gaps and gender discrimination.
Yet, one of the aspects I love about journalism is the chance to learn new things. And so, as I embark on a new chapter in my life, I look forward to new adventures (and my Pulitzer Prize next year).