Writer, lecturer, performer and broadcaster, Joan’s writing career began as an award-winning copywriter at top London advertising agencies where she scripted television and radio commercials for blue-chip clients.
She penned a regular column for parenting magazine, Junior and wrote for Campaign. She worked with the BBC producing content for the education website and went on to become a lecturer at The School of Communication Art and Bournemouth University. She taught Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising which is probably why he became a comedian.
She writes and performs shows for numerous comedy clubs and literary festivals, including this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, in addition to hosting a regular weekly chat show on Vectis Radio where she interviews everyone from former Radio1 DJ, Rob da Bank and disgraced ex-MP Andrew Turner. She even performed on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.
The author of four 5* books in a range of genres from chick lit and thriller to memoir.
Joan’s psychological thriller, ‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’, shortlisted for The Winston Fletcher Fiction Prize 2016
‘Guilt’ finalist in The Penfro First Chapter Competition 2017. https://www.penfrobookfestival.org.uk/8-penfro/92-first-chapter-results
Flash 500 Novel opening Chapter and Synopsis (Crooked Cat Publishing):
‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’ shortlisted. ‘I am Ella. Buy me’ longlisted http://www.flash500.com/index_files/nov16.htm
Words With Jam First Page Competition ‘Guilt’ shortlisted
UK Creative Arts, National Writing Competition 2016
‘I am Ella. Buy me’ and ‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’ Shortlisted