I am an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. My first book, A Prickly Affair, remains unique for having accolades from both Jeanette Winterson and Ann Widdecombe on the cover. The Beauty in the Beast was published in May 2012 and was more fun than is reasonable as I travelled the country looking for people a bit like me. In April 2014 Reaktion Books published my monograph on the iconography of the hedgehog - niche, yes, but also full of fun and beautiful illustrations. My latest, Linescapes, is just launched (May 2017) and investigates the impact that the lines we make have on the capacity of wildlife to thrive.
In addition to writing I also do a lot of public speaking (from primary schools to postgraduate research groups via the WI and Wildlife Trusts). I run day-long courses on hedgehog conservation and also lecture about creative writing. I am the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Thanks to my singing-son I have become photographer for Magdalen College Choir as well as being available for campaigns - and even weddings!