Carolyn Rickett is an Assistant Dean (Research), a Senior Lecturer in Communication and creative arts practitioner at Avondale College of Higher Education. She is co-ordinator for The New Leaves writing project, an initiative for people who have experienced or are experiencing the trauma of a life-threatening illness. Together with Judith Beveridge, she is co-editor of The New Leaves Poetry Anthology. Other poetry anthologies she has co-edited with Judith include: Wording the World, and A Way of Happening. Her research interests cover autobiographical writing as a therapeutic intervention, cancer narratives, trauma studies, poetry praxis and journalism practice. She is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book of travel stories.