I am a commissioned writer, creative writing facilitator and prize-winning performer based in Leeds. My work is informed by the belief that not only do writing and the spoken word help us to make sense of the world and our place in it but that they provide us with the tools to transform our lives.
For the last thirteen years, my main occupation has been facilitating workshops with various community groups and schools. I work regularly for a number of key organisations and charities and am well-respected locally for my work.
My writing has been published by Bloodaxe, Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk; in Poets For Corbyn, on umbrellas and on the walls of a recording studio. I have had pieces commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield, The Rotunda Museum, Humbermouth Literature Festival, Imove and Grassington Arts Festival. In 2015, my poem Austerity was translated into Italian by Francesca Spinelli and printed in the socialist magazine Internazionale. A current collaboration is Haunt, an Imove commission, working with people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.
I have won several prizes for my poetry including first prize in The Speakeasy Open Competition, second prize in the Ilkley Literature Open Mic and runner up in the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition. My work has also been shortlisted in several international competitions including The Fish Short Story Prize. In 2013 I was the commissioned poet for Morley Literature Festival and Grassington Visual Arts Festival.
My poetry pamphlet and collection are due out in 2016 with Mother’s Milk Books and Cinnamon Press respectively. I am currently seeking an agent for my second, magical realist, novel.
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Make personal appearances, Give talks and readings to adults, Tutoring and interpreting, Gives workshops, Give seminars/workshops, Give talks and readings in schools, Give readings in schools, Novelist, Poetry readings
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