Holly was born in November 1983 and lived a happy childhood in Harrow, West London, with her parents, siblings and array of family pets. At 14, Holly had her first poem published in a national anthology. After completing GCSEs and A-Levels, Holly spent some time studying Commedia dell’arte in Italy before moving on to Higher Education
Holly graduated from University of Sussex in 2006 with a BA (hons) in Drama and English. She spent some of her university years working on a drama outreach programme for young learners, as well as performing in university plays such as ‘Absurd dreams of midsummer’ and ‘The Bacchae’.
The years that followed were spent working in France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy (amongst others) perfecting her skiing technique and soaking up what parts of the world she could afford a train to.
In 2012, Holly took her first ‘school’ job as a teaching assistant in Ruislip, Hillingdon. Her passion for equal opportunities for SEN students was realised with an ‘adaptive ski trip’ in which she arranged for disabled students to try skiing at a snow centre with specialist equipment and lessons taught by Paralympic medallists! She began teaching KS3 English and Cultural Studies classes which reinforced her desire to become a teacher. She won Best World Book Day Costume and supported a wide range of extra-curricular trips and activities.
In 2015, Holly transferred to an inner-city school in Ealing, West London, where she completed her teaching qualification via the TES Straight to Teaching qualification, being awarded ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ for each of the Teachers’ Standards. She arranged productions for EAL students from visiting Shakespeare companies, arranged for literary specialists to visit her GCSE classes and was asked to lead staff CPD on creating a positive classroom climate. She won Best World Book Day costume and an award for most inviting classroom.
In 2017, Holly moved to Leighton Buzzard and started a family with her husband, Indie, a Deputy Head Teacher. She briefly worked in a small local middle school before having her second child in 2019. This prompted a decision to relinquish her teaching job in favour of caring for her young family and pursuing other creative, educational and inspiring ventures.