How I disrupted myself continuously to ensure I got into publishing.
Masculinity in Shakespearean Tragedy - should have stuck with my gut instinct and studied this, my dissertation topic at Roehampton.
Original home of Wayland Books - Western Road, Hove.
I did a degree in Contemporary Dance and English at Roehampton. This is me performing a Doris Humphrey dance piece at Merton Abbey Mills.
Brighton seafront - my walk to work as I couldn't afford bus fare. Liberty gave me a part-time job while I tried once again to get into publishing.
In the beginning, it was all about ballet. I started at 8 and began teaching at 16. I thought this would be my career.
At Liberty, we discovered brands before they became mainstream.
We gave her CK her first break at Liberty - it was all about discovering new talent.
Ozonic fragrance number one. In the '90s the bathhouse trend was for ozonics in frosted glass bottles with chrome accessories.
Sexy Israeli ladies. At Hodder Wayland, I learned that the US school and library market didn't like pictures of women holding guns. Or glasses of wine.
Me in Graduation Ball with Whitton Morris Dance School, at Theatr Clwyd. Ballet was my life. For a while...
My review of Maxine Doyle's piece - she's now the Creative Director and Choreographer of Punchdrunk.
The glorious Liberty scarf hall - I worked on the shop floor for a year before getting a job as Assistant Buyer for the Bathhouse.
My very first bit of publishing - the Roehampton Institute Art Review. Literally cut and pasted. A group of us set it up after pitching for funding to the English Dept. So much fun.
Liberty of London - I worked there for three years because I couldn't get into publishing, despite having a first and a self-published magazine under my belt!
The art of Japanese gift-giving. All Liberty staff were trained to serve this very specific customer base.
We stocked L'Occitane at Liberty before it became a high-street staple.