Sagacious Cat Creative combines my passions for writing and photography. As a writer, I focus on poetry, and short stories. As a photographer, I specialise in animal portraits, and creating fine art. I also produce freelance pieces - both written word and in photographic form - on a range of topics. Based in Wiltshire, I live with my husband, son, and many rescue animals.
My personal projects use writing and photography to help raise awareness of various causes, all of them concerning subjects close to my heart. Some of my poems were displayed as part of the first Swindon Wellbeing and Arts Festival in February 2019. I have also had work published in anthologies, and am a regular artist at open mic poetry evenings. Subject to circumstances, I will perform the feature slot at an event as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in October 2020. Photographic collections include series on animal welfare, British wildlife, and mental health awareness. My animal welfare portfolio has been exhibited in London and Beijing, and my mental health images were also exhibited as part of the Swindon Wellbeing and Arts Festival.
Personal development is something on which I place high importance. I am a member of various poetry and creative writing groups, working and developing with other writers and poets in mutually supportive environments. I have participated in storytelling training with The Shoebox Theatre to build my skills as an orator. As well as photography qualifications, I have undertaken training in pet first aid and animal psychology, towards developing my skills in working with companion animals and their guardians.
I devote a proportion of my time to charity work, including working as Chair of Trustees for Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind. I also have several years' voluntary experience of coaching and mentoring children and young people who are living through challenging times.
For more information about my writing and photography services, please contact me. If you'd like to purchase photographic goods, my Etsy shop stocks products such as prints, tote bags and t-shirts. To find out more about my journey through mental ill health, career change, and parenting, please visit my blog, "The Photographer's Way".