'a great performer' Will Self


'a voice that tingles 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




I'm a professional poet and theatre maker based in the North of England.

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. 

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

Lancaster University.

NVQ Level 4 Careers Advice and Guidance

Experienced teacher.

My jobs 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.  


For age 14+

Love Is A Battlefield.                     Audio collection.

Bird St.                                   Audio Collection.

Bird St. and Other Unlikely Love Stories.  Book.

For children and families

Naughty Nanna and The Black Dog.           Illustrated book. 

                                           Awaiting publication.



For age 14+

Council House Poetry

For children and families

The Sleepover: a re-imagining of 'The Princess and The Pea'

The Woman Who Turned Into An Eyeball

Robot Aliens Stole My Ipig

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