Teresa’s short stories have won numerous awards and appeared in a variety of places including the Guardian and several international short story collections. Known for her pared-down and powerful writing style, the acclaimed writers Ali Smith, Jon McGregor and Maggie Gee have all selected her work for publication. Teresa is an experienced life story writer whose work as a biographer feeds her passion for other people’s stories and the experiences that make us who we are.

As a Story Terrace writer, Teresa interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better: you can read an autobiographical story of her own below. Get in touch today to work with her!

Whitby

The rain fell as soon as we stepped off the bus. Heavy, windy rain, and as we struggled up the steps to our hotel on the West Cliff and through the whale bones, we were soaked to our bones. We were only in Whitby for the night, but somehow, though we said we wouldn’t, we packed a lot. Books, magazines. Tea bags in cling film, biscuits in Tupperware. We were prepared. But I didn’t take another pair of jeans. Or a waterproof coat.

Our hotel room was high up, not in the eaves, but close. There were two windows: one looking to the harbour and the dramatic ruin of the Abbey, the other out to the wide open sea.

When the rain slowed we put on damp jackets and headed out with only one thing on our minds: fish and chips. We ate them too quickly standing on the pier, balancing the long trays on our arms, looking at the choppy water of the high tide. Breathing in and feeling glad.

There is something both calming and energising about the sea. When we were in our twenties we lived, just for a while, in a seaside town. Being able to leave the house and be at the beach in minutes never lost its wonder.

We walked down to the beach and sat side by side on the sand with our eyes closed, feeling how you do when you are close to the sea: connected, part of something before you, part of something bigger than you.

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