I'm a mature graduate (class of 2014) with a 1st class BA Hons in English and English language.
Prior to doing my degree I worked for many years in various administration roles for the Swindon-based research councils. Early retirement from that employment gave me the opportunity to do new things whilst waiting to start university; I spent an academic year volunteering with an adult literacy class and followed training programmes for teaching in the life-long learning sector.
During my time at university I gained experience in writing digital copy for the travel sector – for travel companies and for an international airport transfer company. In May 2013 I set up Born again Swindonian, a Swindon-centric blog, which has been very successful during its first year of life amassing a large number of hits and lots of compliments. Additionally it has provided some excellent source material for a travel-writing module I followed in my third year at university and experience in writing in different ‘voices’ – notably an imagined guide-book entry for Swindon’s infamous Magic Roundabout and a literary travelogue based around the West Swindon Sculpture trail.