A forest bird never wants a cage,” wrote Henrik Ibsen.

Since university I have always affectionately called my girl friends “birds”. Birds are free, diverse and beautiful. I love the notion of flying through life, picking up wisdom, memories and wonderful views along the way.

Orange is a happy, positive, sunny, uplifting colour. It is the colour that starts and ends each day with sunrises and sunsets. It’s a highly visible colour, but as well as being full of life, orange is also peaceful for me: earthy and warming.

I am very much an orange bird: positive, creative and full of passion for teaching. When I decided to start Orange Bird English, the name came easily. It is individual, fun and personal; as are my English classes, a personalised service for anyone wanting to improve their English.