Mel is a keen reader, writer and bodyboarder. Her family, her animals, her interactions with the people she encounters on her journey, and the natural world around her all inspire her work. Mel has written six poetry books to date, including two dyslexia friendly children’s poetry books, and her nature collection Natural Colours (2017).
In 2018, Mel published a full-length children’s story book; Tails of a Little Brown Mouse. She edited and compiled The Friendship Collection; a set of anthologies comprising children’s stories, poetry, and short stories and young adult fiction, as well as two charity poetry anthologies for There Is No Planet B Stafford in 2018, and 2019 respectively, to raise environmental awareness.
Her poetry collection Just a Thought will be published in May 2019. Mel hopes this collection, which focuses on mental health issues and awareness, will connect with and provide a positive reading experience for many.
Mel has ten years’ experience as a teaching assistant in primary and secondary schools, holds an MA in Creative Writing and works full-time as a writer and performance poet; organising a regular poetry slam and participating in slams, open mic events, and facilitating poetry workshops in schools and libraries around Staffordshire and the West Midlands.