We are a collection of four individuals who decided we had all had enough of city life and went looking for a new adventure. And found it.
Jo is the same age as Star Wars, which explains a lot…. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, gaming, watching movies and playing with the world’s laziest dog.
A full-time author since 2003, Jo’s work has been published in several anthologies. Her novels have been long and short-listed for the Gemmell Award, the Tiptree Award and the British Fantasy Society award for best novel. She is Acquisitions Editor for Kristell Ink, a small press based in Oxford. She has also edited novels, comics, and content for social media games.
For MeddwlCoed, Jo likes sourcing and growing unusual plants and making people eat them. She is very interested in the forest gardening side of the project, taking her inspiration from the work of Martin Crawford at the Agroforestry Research Trust in Devon. She has recently fulfilled her ambition to grow blue potatoes.
She has completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with Paul Jennings and Permaculture Tywi.
She sometimes talks about herself in the third person on the internet and is inclined to ramble on about courgettes and greyhounds unless forcibly prevented. She is always happy to hear from people, either via the “Talk to Me” form, email or via Twitter ( @hierath77 ).
Chris is Jo’s partner and dad of the World’s Laziest Dog. He likes films and SF, and is our recycling champion, often to be found pawing through the bins like some kind of starving raccoon. He is vegetarian and the moral force behind MeddwlCoed’s no-kill policy. He’s keen to see more fantastical art happening on the farm.
Roz is a former business analyst and project manager, more recently working as a freelance writer and editor. She has degrees in psychology and creative writing and has extensive experience in running courses, event management and media and marketing. In a previous life she has worked for a horse-drawn carriage hire company and she is interested in using horse-power as a replacement for fossil fuels.
Before leaving Bristol, she completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with Sarah Pugh. She’s a systems designer by nature as well as nurture and is currently turning her analytical eye on smallholding, and all the tasks and infrastructure that have to be developed to make one work efficiently enough for four people with health challenges to run effectively into their old age. (This largely involves thinking carefully about poo.)
Heather is passionate about caring for people with mental health issues, and in her day job works for the NHS as a physiotherapy assistant. She is a trained Shiatsu and Reflexology therapist with a degree in psychology. She has also attended the Permaculture Design course at Shift Bristol.
Heather is a lover of the great outdoors, happiest yomping about the countryside with her camera, and she is always willing to lend people one of her plentiful supply of coats! She is excited about keeping bees and is looking forward to the day she can live on the farm with her dog, a scruffy-haired lurcher called Ollie.
Lyra, Ollie, ‘Amber’ and Charley-Bean: the four-legs that are closest to the heart of the family, though we also love our horses and our many feathered friends. They like to think that they help on the farm, especially with digging and pony bothering. They have a large collection of balls, tug-toys and frisbees, mostly lost in the bottom of the sump pond.