Writer, journalist, novelist, giver of advice

This is where I write about pretty much everything I love; usually emotion, because I think that’s where we all connect. I write about depression because I have depression, and I think it’s good to talk about it. Sharing can bring us out of the dark and into the light. That’s why I wrote a book about it; Shoot the Damn Dog, and I am pleased and honoured that it helps so many people, who write to me sharing their experiences. I wish I could reply to every letter, but I simply can't, because there are so many, but sometimes, it’s just good to get our thoughts down on paper. It makes us feel less alone and I hope it helps you as much as it helps me to know that we are in this together, and that there are people who truly understand.

I haven't posted on this website for some time, because I have been very unwell, (that damn dog again) but now the light has returned, I would like to connect with you all again because, really, life is about connection and it is what we lose when we are in the shadows.

So, hello again.



Victoria Health

  When my daughter was a teenager, she spent a great deal of time thinking about appearance, just like every other teenage girl in the known universe. I’m too fat, my hair is too frizzy, my face is too round, and my eyes are too small. Which may sound like a form of narcissism, but […]



When people ask me how I am, I tend to take the question seriously (some would say, too literally) and answer truthfully. In some circles, this is plain bad manners unless you’re hopping around happily like the Duracell bunny because, really, it isn’t a question at all, more of a way of passing the time. […]

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Losing My Identity

I wrote this post for the website, welldoing.org, which is a fantastic (and fascinating) collection of emotional wisdom and advice. The photograph is of me on my allotment because being a gardener is one of the identities I love Quite recently, I lost my identity, which sounds rather careless given that I hadn’t, until some […]

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