I am something of a late starter when it comes to writing. Growing up in a regular working class family in the Flemish coastal region of Belgium, I didn’t have access to the right support network to be able to realise my dormant literary impulses.
Later on, while living in Ireland, I became ill with a complex chronic illness. In learning to cope with this illness, I had the opportunity to reinvent myself. I was no longer able to work. So, instead I started studying for a humanities degree with the Open University. It was there that I discovered poetry, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
Now I am back living in the Flemish part of Belgium, right next to the North Sea, and I spend my time reading, writing and volunteering at my local library and social food market.
Facts about me
I adore cats. So much so, that I have been known to cross the street to try to pet a strange cat I just spotted.
Some of my favourite poets are Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, Katie Griffiths, Pascale Petit, Rachel Long and Ocean Vuong.
Recurring themes in my poetry and art are chronic illness, rejecting motherhood/trauma, isolation, the nature of femininity, and hope/resilience.
For the last twelve years I have been living a ‘part-time life’ because of ME/CFS, an invisible disability and underresearched complex of illnesses that is finally about to gain recognition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to learn more, please visit the following links:
an article on the Time magazine website: Have We Been Thinking About Long-Haul Coronavirus All Wrong?
the BBC Newsbeat documentary ME and me.