Alison Heather Smith
I grew up in the Great Yarmouth area and from the earliest age had a passion for languages and literature. After taking A-levels in English, French and German, I went to York University where I received a degree in Language and Linguistic Science, including French, German, Mandarin Chinese and a grounding in all areas of linguistics.
On graduating, I took an RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and worked for two years in Spain and the UK delivering bespoke courses in business English to professionals. I then took my PGCE in Modern Foreign Language and English, and taught French, German, Spanish and English in a variety of high schools for six years.
Following a career break spent living in the USA and bringing up my two children, I returned to the UK and decided to act on my long-standing desire to learn more about the science of Psychology, which I did with the Open University. I then became a specialist teacher of A-levels in English Language, Psychology and Creative Writing, plus GCSE English, in a large sixth-form college. During this time, the world of academia called me back again and I studied part-time for a degree-level Diploma in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, in which I achieved a First, followed by a Master’s degree in Advanced English teaching from Cambridge.
After this long and very intense career, I have decided to pursue a more flexible lifestyle that enables me to achieve my creative goals alongside earning a living. I am currently working on my first screenplay and a collection of short stories, as well as tutoring, proofreading and indulging my passions for reading, music, ballroom dancing and gourmet cookery.