• A copy of An Open Door anthology is held up on a rusty gate, a green meadow seen behind with a path through the grass, trees beyond.

    An Open Door: New Travel Writing for a Precarious Century Published

    I’m delighted that my essay Gone To Abergavenny has been published in An Open Door, a new anthology from Parthian Books. Gone To Abergavenny is from my work in progress, The Selkie Papers: Field Notes on Finding Boundaries, which was shortlisted for the Nan Shepherd Prize in 2021. It’s an honour to be featured alongside so many amazing writers. The history of Wales as a destination and confection of English Romantic writers is well known, but this book reverses the process, turning a Welsh gaze on the rest of the world. This shift is timely: the severing of Britain from the European Union asks questions of Wales about its relationship…

  • Pile of printed newspapers.

    My Research & Development: Exploring Trauma-Informed Approaches To Digital News Delivery

    I’m interested in how we tell, take in and shape stories. The stories in the news. The history of our family and community. The narratives of our lives. Since 2020, I’ve been working with Clwstwr Creu, supported by Cardiff University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to understand how we can take a trauma-informed approach to digital news delivery. I’m excited to get to the best part of my current research; user testing.  This is part of my research and development in news and trauma. I’m a counsellor, writer and researcher. My focus is on working with clients with multiple marginalised or minoritised identities and working safely with embodiment…

  • Newsstand of papers in a city.

    News Titration for Survival

    As the pandemic continues, the climate crisis worsens and governments fail citizens, our relationship with the news changes. In this talk, I explore my research with Clwstwr Creu on news delivery and trauma. Thinking about searching behaviour, how we take in updates and what we are looking for, when we search for news. I’m a counsellor, writer and researcher. I’m also a Pervasive Media Studio resident researching trauma and data delivery. I received my MA in digitally delivered body psychotherapy from Bath Spa in 2021. My work has been published in The Guardian, The Metro and The New Statesman. I’m currently writing an essay collected titled Madwomen Are My Ancestors.…

  • Photographs of four women, text: shortlist, Nan Shepherd Prize

    Nan Shepherd Prize Shortlisting

    I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing. It’s an honour to be shortlisted alongside such fantastic writers and I am delighted in the interest in my book, The Selkie Papers. The Selkie Papers GRACE QUANTOCK The Selkie Papers is a memoir in essays exploring recovery from trauma and accessing the natural world as a wheelchair user. The book explores themes of chronic illness, marginalisation and navigating physical and mental boundaries, woven together with the selkie myth. The writing is engaging, moving and considerate in its approach to the natural world. The Selkie Papers: Field Notes on Finding Boundaries draws from Grace Quantock’s personal and…

  • A Writing Chance: Calling for Media Inclusivity

    Actor Michael Sheen has called on the media industry to create options and opportunities for aspiring writers and journalists from lower income and under-represented backgrounds. Today he announces 11 new writers who will be supported by A Writing Chance, a positive intervention to a persistent industry issue that sees 75% of journalists come from the highest social groups. A Writing Chance is co-funded by Michael Sheen and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with support from the New Statesman and Daily Mirror. The UK-wide initiative is delivered by New Writing North with research from Northumbria University. The project is designed to discover new talent, support new writers, and prise open an industry…