Tracey West was born in London’s East End in 1966. She started writing articles in 1995 and radio broadcasting in 2002, predominantly on downshifting, environmental topics and sustainable living.
She’s a speaker on green topics and various women’s issues (domestic violence, the effects of being the child of an alcoholic, body confidence) and a performance poet too.
In 2003 she founded InterNational Downshifting Week, a campaign designed to help people ‘slow down and green up’ and became a proud Trustee for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics in 2006.
Her stance is pithy, earthy and essentially upbeat and with that at the forefront – under her previously married name of Smith – she penned the best-selling ‘Book of Rubbish Ideas’.
Shortly afterwards, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) for her work promoting eco-matters at grass roots. Sadly, she had to drop her beloved FRSA during her divorce as her pot was unfavourably empty and the rent came before the £200 subscription to renew it; such is life.
During her divorce, she suffered the usual bellyaches that come with the territory. She used a pen and notebook to lift herself out of the darkness by writing poetry; something she’d never done before. ‘Poetry of Divorce: for women’ was the resulting work.
Her most recent title is, ‘Diary of Divorce: for women & men’, published October 2013, a companion journal designed to help readers vent their frustrations, pour their heart out, keep organised and plan a brighter future.
The third book in this series, ‘160 Divorce Coping Tips’, will be available in 2017. It contains a selection of her favourite tips from the free Divorce Coping Tip of the Day Android App that Tracey writes, available from the Google Play Store.
In 2011, she was made Patron of WAND (Women’s Action Network Dorset) a group that helps countless women in crisis and who work very closely with the West Dorset Women’s Refuge.
At the moment, she is taking a well earned rest from scribbling about the dramas of divorce and is thoroughly enjoying writing a piece of fiction entitled, ‘Deadhead the Roses’; it should hit the streets in 2017.
Tracey lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset and is now very happily married to super-geek and co-publisher, Simon West. She’s also a work at home mum of many, who agrees that the pen is far mightier than the sword and healthier than pies and pints.
Other stuff: Sustainable living advocate, eco-activist, co-founder of Frack Free Lyme Regis, life model, member of The Vegan Society, British Naturism, Greenpeace, the Green Party, CND and the local library.