My work as a spoken word artist seeks to make the invisible visible. I deliver passionate pieces about disability, mental health, politics, feminism and equality using lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal.
There are also poems about living with a nut allergy when you don’t like to make a fuss, and my love of chips.
I am based in Darlington in North-East England, and am happy to travel to new venues far and wide to deliver my words. Get in touch here for further information.
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 am a member of the TWP – the Tees Women Poets, a collective which supports w*men in the Tees Valley to create and perform poetry. These films were created for Feminist Book Fortnight, supported by Apples and Snakes and filmed on location in Drake the Bookshop by Jay Moussa-Mann.
I had great fun on an incredibly windy Sunday afternoon in Newcastle, sitting at a bus stop, with two proper mint lads from Newcastle University. The brief for the commission was Newcastle in the afternoon, I immediately thought of childhood adventures on the bus with my gran.
Extract from ‘One Seat Free’, courtesy of Charlie Henry Hall @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University.
We spent a weekend in an intense residency, creating brand new work which we then performed to a packed audience at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle. The following films were captured live by Ken Drew.
I wrote ‘Songbird’ many years ago, too long and lyrical for flash fiction, too short for a short story. With Archipelago this piece finally found its home and came alive.
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‘Between Waves’ is a brand new piece from the two day residency. I’d read that machines could detect a flutter in your brain every time your heart beats. I mean, I don’t remember reading that, but there was a scrawl in my notebook in my writing, so I must have done. We played, devised and improvised and this was the result, recorded live at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle. Thus proving my point that every scrap is important, and if you don’t write it down, you will forget…
I was given a Creative Future Literary Award for my poem ‘And I Know’. It was presented at The Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival.
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The following photos are examples of me on stage, doing my wordy shenanigans. I have performed in pubs, in a crypt, on stages such as at ARC, Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, the Southbank Centre and at The Sage, at festivals, outdoors, indoors, on a bridge and in a launderette.