Writing is central to my life, as necessary as food, water and sleep. When I don’t or can’t write, I wither. I aim to write every day in whatever capacity I can, making writing part of my daily experience. It’s a good, healthy habit and means I always have work on the go. I find when I’m not writing I am thinking about writing or planning a project.
I am interested in producing work that explores aspects of the human condition. Over the past five years I have written eight plays for community theatre productions, published my first novel, three volumes of poetry, and made a short film for a multi-media project working with artists, poets and film-makers.
History, heritage and myth fascinate me and I come back to these themes time and time again in my work. My 2015 collection The Ninth Wave is a re-imagining of The First Branch of The Mabinogion. I moved the location from Wales to the east coast of England and instead of setting it in the distant past I placed it in the near future. My latest work, explores the different levels of life in an urban place from the behaviour of the people to the impact of the past and the power of the elements. Poems from the Swamp is available to order from me directly for £9 inc P&P.
I premiered A Requiem with the Alan Barnes Octet in February 2019 and we toured throughout the late summer and autumn. The book and CD are now available. Order the book direct from me for £9 inc P&P. Visit http://www.woodvillerecords.com/ to order the CD.
I have performed regularly at events, festivals and gigs either as a solo poet or as part of an ensemble. In 2017 I worked with international jazz composer, arranger and musician, Alan Barnes and his fabulous octet in a collaborative jazz and spoken word project, A Fish Tale. Taking inspiration from the heritage of the fishing industry, composer and guitarist Pat McCarthy and I took themes and motifs which became my poems for the project and the key threads of the music. Alan then arranged the suite for 8 musicians. We premiered the work at Grimsby Jazz and the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival in 2016 and from July 2017 we toured the work nationally. The poetry collection and CD are available to buy now. We followed this with A Requiem a commemoration of one hundred years of international conflict in 2019.
Due to the current pandemic crisis, I am not performing at present but I hope this will change soon.
I am pleased to be working with East Marsh United in a collaborative, grassroots community arts project funded by Creative Civic Change. Our project is based on Freeman Street Market and covers a range of arts approaches. We have managed to pivot much of our work to online during the pandemic but we are keen to get back into our community and live working as soon as we can. You can see some of our work by visiting us at https://www.sunandmoonfestival.org/
I am currently reviewing all of my practice and exploring new avenues of work. I am delighted to have received an award from the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts which will enable me to explore themes of social coercion and writing as resistance in difficult times. It has been increasingly difficult to secure funding for work so this award is especially significant.
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