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I was born into a large, loving family in North-West England. Following a convent school education, I entered a teaching career which spanned more than twenty years. During that time I developed an holistic, 'hands-on' approach to teaching, designed to complement a child's natural sense of curiosity and creativity; which helped earn me a place on the prestigious Science grasp programme in the USA. Around the same time I completed my Master's degree in Language, the Arts and Education. With a passion for writing, and my interest in Human Development expanding to incorporate NLP and EFT training, I've recently published a handbook of 'applied positive psychology', two collections of poetry and three novels, in addition to developing educational resources and writing blogs and articles. Enjoying travel, my streak of wanderlust has led me to live in the United States and Turkey. Now, I'm settled in the Peak National Park district,still close to my beloved birthplace of Manchester, with two lovely sons and a lively Lapp Hund.