Sile: Tell me about your blog.
I started writing my blog when I became ill. I was a primary teacher and had a pelvic and back injury so I wasn’t able to work due to a combination of chronic pain and strong medication. I fought to stay in teaching and tried and tried until my Occupational Therapist and consultant said ‘Enough!’ I felt really stuck for a long time as I really did not know what I would do. I needed to have purpose still. There are lots of people in my position with really busy lives in medicine, education, retail, law - and they have to stop working. But I was lucky as I knew that if I had 10 minutes or an hour where I felt well enough I could write. So I write my stories and I write my blog which is a mixture of my experiences, my learning about pain management, my experiences of writing and theory around each of these areas.
Sile: What does being a writer allow you to do?
I spend a lot of time at home reading, note taking, thinking about writing and writing. I also attend Sheffield Authors events, arts events, book events - I love to meet people who have read my book and have ideas for what happens to certain characters next. It’s really important for me to inspire children and young people to write - at events I have an area for children and young people to write, to make books, note down ideas etc just to get their creativity flowing. That's the teacher on me. She’s still there sometimes.