Hello and welcome. I am so pleased to see you here. I live in Hastings, UK – near the sea and the birds and the music, music, music.
I used to work as an applied linguist and still do sometimes. For many years, I worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG). First of all in the mountains where I helped to set up the first secondary school in the Goilala area. There were no roads. You had to get there in a small plane. The students walked up and down the mountains for about two weeks to get to the school and stayed there all year until it was time to go home again.
We planted flowers and food together. Cooked and ate together. Laughed a lot and although I was supposed to be teaching them, it was mainly the other way around.
Later, after I’d been to Edinburgh to enrol for my doctorate, I went to work at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). My interest was in psycholinguistics, specifically stories and how our brains deal with them, why we need them.
In PNG, I collected data to explore the relationship between different kinds of narrative. Why it’s easier to retell somebody’s else’s story
– [Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Goldilocks…]
than to tell your own
– [I got up this morning and used the white soap to wash with…]
and hardest of all to imagine a story
– [I got up this morning and saw an angel in the shower…]
Enough of that. This is supposed to be short. Let’s just say my most recent interest has been in trying to understand the effects of rhythm and sound in prose.
All my life, I’ve been a writer. I bet most of you will have been the same. Mostly I’ve thrown my writing in the bin. Or I moved house – over and over again – and stuff got lost. In autumn 2016, I decided I was going to write a novel and publish it. So I started writing and found I couldn’t stop. Here I go again, I thought – another addiction. But what a nice one even if it can drive you mad at times.
As I said, I couldn’t stop so I’ve got five novels that I’m in the process of polishing and publishing. The first one will be published in March. Have a look at my Books page to find out more. I do hope that you read my book/s. It’s scary because anything that you create and share makes you vulnerable. But it’s exciting, too, and I’m hoping that you will enjoy my stories.
Before I wrote for HOT, I was a blogger. I’ve got a blogspot site and loved creating posts – Angela J. Phillip – but am gradually phasing that out so that I can blog here instead. Oh time, I need more of you.
I live in Hastings as I said at the beginning of this page. It’s a marvellous place full of quirky people doing exciting things. I play and sing in pubs. I’m in a duo with my husband, Paul. Our band is called Blue Rumour.
Finally, and most important of all – I couldn’t survive without my dear friends (scattered around the world) and my family (most of whom are in Australia).