Not many people I know have their own website anymore. Why would you? Most networking is done on LinkedIn or Twitter or in person. Are personal websites a little old-school? Well yes. And no…
You could argue that. But I love the ‘getting to know you’ element. All your wild antics in one place, all sins and achievements laid bare for everyone to read. This is a little long and rambling – if you’re not interested, no worries, I won’t take offence; please head over to my LinkedIn page.
My professional life started off in 2003, graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Information and Library Studies. It’s considered a Bachelor of Economic Science, written BSc Econ (hons). It’s funny because one employer thought that I had a Bachelors degree in Economics and had just forgotten the ‘omics’ part.
Things had moved on a bit by the time I got there!
I found myself comfortable at Exeter College and found the job, although not ‘professional’, incredibly rewarding. I still do but times change, and so does life. It saw me through four battles with cancer and a whole heap of dramatic life change.
Libraries are far from dead, but after a recent semi-redundancy which saw my valuable work as an Information and Digital Practitioner brought to a dramatic and sad conclusion, I am on the hunt for a new direction. A fresh career.
Writing seems to be the way forward. So I have packed my bag and headed out west into the world of freelancing looking for new adventures.
A geographic native of Devon, my heritage is a Celtic mixed bag. I am very proud of my county, writing about the food within its borders and making the decision to stay when I graduated, I have not looked back.
I live in Exeter, of which I am equally proud of. I consider myself an Exonian and I would even go as far to say that I support ECFC if anyone says which football team do I support? Not that I like the game particularly.
I am a classically trained pianist and organist, I’ve also been a Tuba-ist. I have been a performance poet, I am also a cancer survivor after a battle against malignant melanoma which left me with a buggered neck and wonky shoulder. After a few pints, I’ll tell you in great gory detail about the operations.
Although my career as a pianist and organist died a death, I still have a great long love of classical music amongst other types including folk, metal, EDM and a few others to boot.
I drink gallons of tea. I also like whiskey. And I love cheese.