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About Nina


Teaching

Words and peoples' ability to communicate with them are important to Nina, who was head of a large faculty teaching literacy for over twenty years.  Her specialisms are dyslexia support, handwriting, spelling, reading and writing, KS2 SATs and CE tuition. All of her pupils say Nina's tutoring helps improve their reading comprehension scores, SPAG scores and writing for KS2 SATs.


Other pupils follow Nina's own dyslexia course and prep for common entrance exams at 11 + & 13 +. All Nina's pupils have achieved the grades required to go on to the schools of their choice.


When Nina left teaching full-time her pupils had the best results for literacy at county level. In current SATs language this translates as her pupils achieving EXS (working at the expected standard). Her pupils began way below the standards needed for EXS at KS2 SATs and she was very proud of their achievements.


Writing

Nina enjoyed writing from an early age. When she was ten she gained a merit and a prize (a splendid Parker fountain pen) for her entry in a National Essay Competition. It was organised by Cadburys of Bournville. The story was about chocolate!  Writing Nina's M Ed thesis Access to the National Curriculum (Bath University) and educational publication  Concept Mapping (Wiltshire LEA) led her to courses in fiction writing, participation in writers' groups and an interest in becoming a published author.


Nina produced a collection of short stories entitled Austerity and Other Cuts while studying for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.


Short Stories

Nina's manuscript tutor while writing her collection was Fay Weldon.  Austerity and Other Cuts illustrates the absurdities of life in austerity Britain. The reduction of services and increased bureaucracy in order to cut spending, especially for the poorest families with literacy needs, is explored in All the Responsibility and None of the Power.


This story received a distinction and was described as a 'powerful' piece.


Fay Weldon commented that Nina's other stories were witty and perceptive. Single File depicts a woman with poor social skills, trapped in teacher mode, who meets another in danger of losing her disability allowances. The effect of meeting others outside her narrow world benefit them all.


Public Service satirises the ludicrous effects of government diktats on the NHS, whereby only those who are slim and healthy-looking are eligible to be seen at the local GP surgery.


These stories aim to entertain, provoke and examine the effects of cuts on peoples' lives.

They also aim to show we are NOT 'all in it together.'


Novel

The working title for Nina's novel is The Keys to Heaven. It opens in 1918 when Eliza Freeman gets the 'married women's' vote. It charts her determination to get ahead through the inter-war years while her two sisters prefer wealth and marriage. They have little interest in women's suffrage. The novel explores women's expanding opportunities, social change - such as families gradually moving out of the slums, the effects of the first war on men's lives, the relative comforts brought about by modern housing, together with set-backs Eliza and her sisters have to counter. Events astonish and change Eliza as she grapples with challenging incidents and the ever-present threat of gossip and narrow attitudes.


Eliza's ambitions to expand her business are thwarted when her beloved husband Will is killed by a bull he is slaughtering '... beast and butcher lay side by side in a pool of blood... '


The exotic Andreas, Eliza's Italian brother-in-law, hides a secret which, when discovered, has a devastating effect on them all.


Her sisters' lives are very uncertain as the novel ends but Eliza is content to see her niece emerging as an independent, politically active woman rather like Eliza herself.


Nina's editor is Kylie Fitzpatrick ( author of The Ninth Stone.)


Achievements

Nina's collection of short stories was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize.


She has also been invited to the help judge the Bath Short Story Award. She was recently asked to submit her blog for New Orleans University prize.




Blog


Please see Nina's updated posts at macphe.blogspot.com or click on the link on this website's home page.  Further details are under 'My Writing'

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