Who is Fiona?
I’m an arts consultant who specialises in supporting organisations and artists to realise their ambitions and visions.
I have more than 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sector as a producer, strategic planner and fundraiser. To date I have raised over £6.5m for arts projects from public and private sector funders. I enjoy mentoring, coaching and training others in strategic planning, goal setting, vision building and personal, professional and organisational development. If you would like to work with me, head over here >>
Writing, Art, Music & Philosophy
I am a compulsive scribbler. My first book 36 Hours is a work of life-writing, which I wrote whilst completing an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. It was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize. I’m an occasional visual artist and musician with an academic background in philosophy and a passion for wild landscapes. Each of these inform my writing. As well as narrative non-fiction I write poetry and fiction and I enjoy reading and performing my work.
Sharing What I Know With Others
I’ve been lucky to have experiences and opportunities to learn and what’s the point of keeping it all to yourself? In 2016 I co-founded Word After Word with fiction writer Andrew L Reynolds. We wanted to encourage and nurture others in the art of creative writing. We do this through workshops and classes, retreats and resources. Witnessing people grow in confidence as they develop their own voice is the reward. I’m also interested in writing and creativity as tools for improving wellbeing, having experienced the benefits first-hand. I am a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing organisation, and a Professional member of NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education. For more information about Word After Word, head over here >>
Places and Traces
I live between mountains and sea. Sometimes it’s the wide-skied salt-marshes and estuaries of north Essex, east of England and sometimes it’s the wild, rugged sierras of southern Andalusia. I feel happiest when moving through a landscape on foot or by bike, taking ancient paths through the wild-woods, crags and pastures, tuning-in to the echoes of the human traces.
In 2013 Andrew and I cycled over 1200 miles from Lands End to Unst, Shetland carrying a guitar. We wrote and performed songs on the way, gathered stories, wrote poetry and blogged. At Shore Station, at the far north of Unst, we met a man whose wife was born in a street 500 yards from our home in Wivenhoe, Essex. The fellow had been a customs officer on the river Colne when it was still busy with trade – legal and illicit. Our journey was about the kindness of strangers, small worlds and surviving on two pairs of pants.