About

 

 

 

Me.

I'm a professional poet and inter-disciplinary

artist based in the North of England.

In 2019 I became a Director of Write Out Loud

and associate artist at Wigan STEAM.

I teach creative writing as a freelance

and at The Secret Writers Club

and Ink Inc. Young Writers.

Appeared on TELEVISION: BBC 1. 

RADIO: BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4,

BBC Radio Lancashire and Manchester. 

NEWSPAPER. Blogged for The Guardian.

Appeared in The Daily Mirror. 

MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) 

Edge Hill University

BA (hons) Theatre Studies with Creative Writing 2:1

Lancaster University.

NVQ Level 4 Careers Advice and Guidance

Experienced teacher.

My jobs before poetry have included NHS operations

manager, careers advisor, library manager,

arts festival producer, storyteller,

literacy co-ordinator, podium dancer,

warehouse operative and KFC All Star,

in no particular order.  

Publications:

For age 14+

Books

The Lolitas (2019) Verve Poetry Press                         Bird St.:Selected Performance Poetry 2009-2019

(2020)The Secret Writers Club Press

DUE SEPTEMBER! The Uniform Factory (2020) Verve Poetry Press

 

Audio collections

Love Is A Battlefield(2015) Nymphs & Thugs                   

Bird St. (2015) Nymphs & Thugs

Council House Poetry (2018)Double CD. Nymphs & Thugs                               

Shows

The Book of Dave

Micro-commission with Izzy Brittain

for Pen:chant and The Turnpike Art Gallery.

Council House Poetry

Edinburgh Fringe Show

Love Is A Battlefield

Dancepoetry with Giorgio Deca.  Commissioned by BBC Radio 3, Arc, Contact and New Writing North.

     For children and families

     The Sleepover: a re-imagining of

     'The Princess and The Pea'

     Commissioned by the Rural Touring Network,

     Just So Children's Festival and Big Imaginations.

     The Woman Who Turned Into An Eyeball (2016)

     Commissioned by and in collaboration with

     C03 Dance Company

     Robot Aliens Stole My Ipig (2016)

     A collaboration with Blue Moose Dance Company and

     Save Our Stories. Commissioned by Lancashire Encounter 

          Writer for:

          The Knotted Project Outside The Igloo (2019)  

          Hawk Dance Theatre Getting From A to B (2018)

          Dramaturg and director for:

          Helena Ascough The Snow-ish Queen (2019)

          Commissioned by Frontline Arts Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

'a great performer'    'a voice that tingles  

   Will Self             with promise'

                     Ian McMillan  BBC Radio 3

'That was amazing and I've been a poet for 34 years. 

Will you come and do my festival?'

Attila the Stockbroker

'a class act...we love her and so will you'

John Cooper Clarke

BBC Breakfast

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