I am something of a late starter when it comes to writing. Growing up in a regular working class family in the Flemish coastal region of Belgium, I wasn’t exposed to the right influences to be able to realise my dormant literary impulses.
Later on, while living in Ireland, I became ill with a complex chronic illness. In learning to cope with this illness, I had the opportunity to reinvent myself. I was no longer able to work. So, instead I started studying for a humanities degree with the Open University. It was there that I discovered poetry, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
Now I am back living in the Flemish part of Belgium, right next to the North Sea, and I spend my time reading, writing and volunteering at my local library and social food market.
Facts about me
I adore cats. So much so, that I have been known to cross the street to try to pet a strange cat I just spotted.
Some of my favourite poets are Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, Pascale Petit, Rachel Long and Ocean Vuong.
For the last twelve years I have been living a ‘part-time life’ because of ME/CFS, an invisible disability and underresearched complex of illnesses that is finally about to gain recognition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to learn more, please visit the following links:
an article on the Time magazine website: Have We Been Thinking About Long-Haul Coronavirus All Wrong?
the BBC Newsbeat documentary ME and me.