My name is Annika Spalding and I am an award-winning author from the West Midlands. I launched my most recent book She Who Writes, a memoir, in July 2020. I published my first book in 2013 and this was followed by several other books.
I have featured frequently on BBC WM radio on the Nikki Tapper Show, and also on Graham Torrington’s evening show where I talked about my personal journey.
A qualified and experienced writer
I attended university as a mature student and a single mother to two children, studying Creative and Professional Writing. I graduated in 2018 with a 2:1, despite struggling with anxiety and depression which led to medication and counselling to manage it.
I am also a member of the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Writers Development Programme, being accepted in 2019, aimed at supporting the career development of emerging writers.
More recently, I have been accepted as a Contributor for Soul and Joy, a brand-new platform celebrating the vitality of black people in Britain, which will be launching in 2020.
An award-winning woman
What I represent
I’m an ambassador for Free Your Mind CIC, a charity which supports children and young people affected by domestic violence. In previous roles, I have been a support worker and children’s worker in women’s refuges, on helplines and in the community.
Self taught content creator + corporate communications = ultimate dream team ingredients?
In most recent years, I have worked as a Communications Officer for charities, supporting with branding, social media content and management, liaising with media, design of literature, event planning, communications strategies, planning campaigns and fundraising.
But I’ve also built an incredible online community as an author and as a woman overcoming trauma. I share my stories and women connect with my words, and I’m shown repeatedly that reclaiming my pain and honouring my truth has power.
I’ve held online workshops around self-care and journalling, independently and by commission, and the same theme runs through every time: we need safe spaces to talk, connect and heal. We need opportunities to explore our thoughts, experiences and vulnerabilities without fear of judgement or doubt. We need time to be still and sit in who we are now, instead of being consumed by the many hats we wear for others.
Orsum: Creativity, connection, community.
Orsum began as a communications specialist company, and an aspect of that still exists. We now work with carefully selected small businesses and voluntary organisations, offering Creative Consultancy.
But as time goes on, I see the importance of holding space for women who are in a state of becoming who they were always meant to be – and I know I can provide that here.
I want to create safe spaces for women. I believe having space to explore our vulnerability goes hand-in-hand with our ability to heal, evolve and thrive.
I know how it feels to be at the beginning of self-discovery, to find your voice and the courage you need to use it.
I know how incredible it feels to be seen, heard and supported by people who accept you for who you are.
I know how it feels to live a life that feels like a lie and to have that feeling inside that you’re destined for greatness, but not sure how to be bring it out.
So, welcome to Orsum. Let’s heal, grow and thrive together.