Publications, Commissions and Events
DYCP Grant Arts Council England
I received Arts Council Funding his year! I'll be exploring long form fiction, working with the brilliant mentor and writer Mez Packer to write my urban fantasy thriller. The grant has enabled me to leave my day job, so this will be an exciting year for me. I'll be able to take all sorts of creative opportunities.
Hatching Residency at Talking Birds Theatre Company
In July I will be exploring theatre with people who don't like theatre, responding to ideas and experiences to create ideas and inspiration for future work. I can't wait to work with the fantastic Talking Birds team to make this happen.
BBC Contains Strong Language Festival
I am thrilled to have been a poet for Contains Strong Language.
Following Broadcast on Friday 8th October on The Verb at 10pm Radio 3, you can hear me on the BBC Sounds app. I'm reading alongside Theresa Lola, Romalyn Ante and Simon Armitage with Land Yacht Regatta.
As part of the Festival I was awarded these fantastic commissions.
Digi Poems Project Commission - Zimbabwean animator Tavonga Shimbahete created an animation from my commissioned poem
Not Quite Putting the World To Rights
Re-Versing the Sherbourne Commission. I recorded a poem commissioned for the Overhear app that corresponds to a section of the Sherbourne river in Coventry.
Poetry Twinning Project Commission. Coventry poets were twinned with poets from our twin cities. I was twinned with Marcin Niewirowicz in Warsaw, Poland. We sent each other postcards and each wrote a poem. All the poems and postcards from the project were printed together in an Anthology 'To Coventry By Sun' from Nine Arches Press.
The Long and Short of It
I'm delighted to be published in this anthology of short stories written from the ideas of secondary school pupils. I worked with Barrs Hill school in Coventry. This is part of the Read On project and was administered by Writing West Midlands and published by the wonderful Emma Press. (See books)
Fatbergs pamphlet, KFS Press (see books)
Two recorded poems in the Dresden Peace Festival
Created Cover Art for two poetry books by the fantastic Anthony Owen - Cov Kids and Phonix/Phoenix
Commissioned poem for Theatre Absolute's Humanistan Project, This Poem is for You
BBC Upload Festival, For my Husband
Sitting Rooms of Culture Video Workshop
Accepted onto Room 204, Writing West Midlands Mentoring Schem
Recorded a poem by Lizel Meuller for Bloodaxe's release of Staying Human as part of their Birmingham Lit Fest launch
Interviewed by Neil Laurensen
Created a booklet including a graphic short story, for the Coventry Peace Orchard Project
Illustrated Matt Black's brilliant book of poetry, Sniffing Lamposts by Moonlight
Video performaces for Kenilworth Arts Festival
Here Comes Everyone Magazine, The Green Issue, Luggage
Yesterday's Diary Anthology, Fairacre Press and Sitting Rooms of Culture, Edited by Cathy Cassidy, Bee Thing
Light Anthology, Black Light Engine Driver Press, The Hoodie
FairAcre Press, 'Word Bin' blog, Slut
The Curlew: Dreaming the Wild, Signage
I am not a Silent Poet, Smoke Knife
Here Comes Everyone: The Classified Issue, Aftermath
Stepaway Magazine, City Fox
V20 Pamphlet 'Air Show' (see books)
Two poems and the transcription of a conversation between my husband and I were published in:
'Africa, UK and Ireland
Writing Politics and Knowledge Production Vol1
Edited by Tendai Rios Mwanaka'
Diversifly Anthology, Fairacre Press (see books), Wrensong and Wagtail Swagger
Under the Radar, Issue 20, Parliament of Fowls
Paper and Ink, Issue 13: Tales from the Barside, Colette's Bar (short story)
Algebra of Owls, Weight
Message in a Bottle, Brothers
The Africa in my House, Silhouette Press (see books)