I am a disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken word artist, theatre-maker and creative practitioner based in Darlington in North-East England – I do stuff with words.
This page has a teeny overview of some of the work I do. You can read much more about all the different strands to my practice, publications and projects by clicking on the menu titles above, or the links below.
In this section you can read more about me, my dog, my biscuit and tea preferences, as well as words stuff, and why I do what I do.
Here you can read examples of my writing and have a look at some of the projects I’ve been involved in and I’m currently working on.
This is a link to a recent feature article, commissioned and published by Arts Professional, about disability and freelance, a provocation to organisations, entitled ‘Turning limitations into possibilities’.
I was chosen as a Penguin WriteNow Mentee in 2018-2019 to work on my middle grade novel, which features a strong female disabled protagonist and is set in a lighthouse on the rugged North East coast where I grew up (there are also mermaids and a captain with a kitten in his beard). I am proud to be represented by the fabulous Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.
Published in September 2020, I have contributed to Puffin’s 80th birthday anthology alongside incredible authors and illustrators, many of whom inspired me to write in the first place. You can order a copy and find out more HERE.
All the creative projects I make, explore, create and curate come under the title, Writing the Missing. Current and ongoing Writing the Missing projects include commissions, writing, film, theatre, call outs and education.
The film of ‘Writing the Missing – A River Cycle’, which was commissioned for Durham Book Festival, premiered on 10th September 2020 at 5pm.
My theatre and spoken word performance work seeks to make the invisible visible. I perform frequently on the spoken word scene delivering passionate lyrical pieces about disability, mental health and politics. You can find films and photos here.
Filmed by National Spoken Word Organisation Apples and Snakes – my piece ‘Second Best Room’
Our BLACKBOX film series captures performances from the best spoken word artists of today.
I have worked on numerous projects, in numerous roles, with numerous organisations, with numerous collaborators and with numerous wonderful people. You can read about them all here.
I’m proud to be a founding member of the Disconsortia collective – a group of disabled artists in the North East seeking and creating platforms to share our work, and to influence regional and national arts policy and practice in relation to disabled people as artists, leaders, audiences and participants. I am Assistant Producer for Disconsortia’s ‘At the Table’ programme.
An interview in NARC Magazine about the Words Weekend Festival and my beloved North East. There are more articles available in this section.
I have been fortunate to have been commissioned to create work in a variety of different mediums for different organisations. You can read about them all here. A game changer for me in the way I came to view myself as writer and artist occurred when I was awarded the 2019 Early Career Residency for Literature at Cove Park by the Fenton Trust.
As a creative practitioner I specialise in working with people who are not fully represented in the mainstream. I work in schools, community centres, prisons, probation hostels, galleries, libraries, wherever the words will have me… You can read about the different areas in which I work in this section.
Some people have been kind enough to say some lovely things about me and the things we’ve made when we’ve been in a space together. You can read some of them here.
Thank you for a wonderful workshop journey. Your warm up got the creative cells going, the quickfire focused my thoughts and then the stream of brilliant exercises made me fasten my literary seatbelt and enjoy the ride! A wonderful safe and accessible environment to write and share.
Well planned. Beautifully executed. Exhilarating. Thoughtful & caring. Thank you very much.