About Me

Before the Mind Awards 2014I’m Maxine. I’m a writer, copywriter and journalist, and I train businesses and organisations in dyspraxia awareness, including how dyspraxia relates to mental health. I started designing websites as a teenager in the late 90s, when I had the energy to learn HTML and argue with strangers about telly. Thankfully Content Management Systems have replaced the need to learn code at about the same rate my brain has shrunk… At 18 I did my first big piece of journalism, which seemed the obvious career for someone who found writing easy and most other things impossible. At 21, I was diagnosed with dyspraxia, after suffering from anxiety and depression. This has not had a fairytale ending – however, better awareness has greatly enhanced my life, as has knowing some wonderful, compassionate and inspiring people. The photo on the right was taken just before the 2014 Mind Media Awards where I was among the guests of a very good friend. I feel obliged to point out that I don’t regularly attend award ceremonies (or indeed, regularly look like the photo…). When not writing or speaking for coins, I’m likely to be writing fiction, running, writing my personal blog, tweeting, or thinking I can’t possibly be 30. I love Twitter, and am keen to be involved in any project combining mental health and social media. In May I ran the Bupa London 10K for Mind. I’m running the Oxford Half Marathon in October, and hopefully the London Marathon for Mind next year. I’m working on a major mental health-related writing project which I don’t think I should tell you about at the moment but hope to be able to soon…

Advertisements