making writing

I’m passionate about the connections between writing and wellbeing. 

Writing is my way of processing things that I find hard to accept or understand. Since childhood, the pages of my journals or handmade books have always been the safe spaces where I can write about what troubles me, record what delights me, find courage or solace in difficult times and collect ideas for new writing.

Since I completed my PhD thesis in the relationship between writing and wellbeing in 2006, the popular interest in and evidence for this field has continued to grow.

Writing and happiness, writing in health care, writing in education, journaling, creative writing, expressive writing, therapeutic writing –  there are so many words and terms for what happens when we pick up a pen or sit at a keyboard and allow our thoughts to flow onto the page.

If you'd like to find out more, please do visit, where I share my thoughts and research about my own experiences of writing and researching writing.