Her first novel, Rope Tricks, was published by Virago to critical acclaim. Her second novel, Tree of Sails, was published in 1996, and brought her an Arts Council Writer’s Award. She has taught Creative Writing for at Warwick and Keele Universities, Literature at Stafford University, as well as English Literature and Drama in schools and colleges. She is currently working in Belfast and loving it. She is currently devoting her time to fiction.