I was born in London and schooled at a Comprehensive in Sussex and London University. My real education, on the other hand, has come from doing menial jobs for lousy pay, from curiousity, conversation, motherhood, marriage and bereavement. My creative roots are in the bed-time stories my mother shared with me and in the novels I read while holed up in the school toilets when I should have been in class learning chemistry.
I trained as a fiction writer/director at the UK’s National Film and Television School. After moving into non-fiction films, I directed and produced documentaries and programmes in Iraq, Cuba, the UK, USA and Ireland. My film A Wedding in Havana was screened as part of the Cuban retrospective at the Borderlines Festival in 2017. After a decade as the Creative Director of an animation studio, making award-winning interactive games, I returned to film-making with Iztuzu and Reds.
I have worked as a script editor, writer and radio correspondent and it was I who tipped off the British media about the infamous ‘dodgy dossier’ prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. My abiding love and fascination for Iraq is the inspiration behind my novel, Haneen, which was long-listed for the Blue Pencil Agency 2020 first novel award.