TALES OF MANCHESTER’
Art, Music, Spoken Word and local beer! All inspired by ‘Tales of Manchester’.
A new exhibition coming to the Carlton Club with an exciting opening night on the 20th October 7pm.
Emma Evans is creating art from the poetry written by me and other amazing poets from Manchester.
The exhibition is supported by the MancSpirit Charity, a Manchester based Charity that harnesses Creativity and the Arts to inspire positive mental wellbeing.
I am bringing back the show that started my creative second life at this year's Women in Comedy Festival - on 9 October 2022.
I am delighted that a poem of mine will be included in a charity anthology 'Hope is Group Project' by the Wee Sparrow Press, raising funds for Project Hope
A sunny day amongst creatives, artists, authors, poets, rappers, comedians, actors - the first C-Arts festival was an incredible day to be part of.
A poetry workshop and a show performance at Altrincham Arts Festival;'s Wild Gathering was a huge success.
I was part of an epic line up for packed raucous night of poetry in Blackpool recently. By the Metre is a hot ticket in the North West - get to the next one they are incredible fun.
I was thrilled to be part of the first HERstory event at YaB in Wrexham in June - a new event for women created by Evrah Rose. It was such a warm and relaxed evening.
Under glorious and hot skies I was privileged to run some poetry workshops for wellbeing at the wonderful Zennor Haven field at Boardmasters 2022.
In mid July I was delighted to have two poems played on BBC Radio Manchester's Upload show with David Scott. I got to speak about a poem that I wrote after sharing poetry event opportunities with another poet who is now absolutely thriving in the Manchester poetry scene.
Following the debut of 'Do you remember the first rhyme?' at the Greater Manchester Fringe on the 10 July I was delighted to receive a 4 star review from North West End UK.
This is the second ever full show I have ever created and second full show performance and I am delighted with the review and the notes to learn and develop from.
I am thrilled to be part of the line up for the next By the Metre event. A celebration of rhythm and cadence. Nathan and Rob are back with another stellar line-up of Spoken Artists at Blackpool’s Bootleg Social.
I recently collaborated with Baba + Boo on a poem for the launch of their Favourites collection.
I had the pleasure of hosting Bevs n' Bards at Haigh Hall in Wigan recently, an event organised by Bent Key Publishing.
Next up - I am co-headlining a new spoken word and poetry evening 'Speaking in Tongues' on 12 May 2022
I have created a social media platform called 'Community Poetry Officer' where I share opportunities for poets to have their work published, perform poetry and get their work heard/shared.
I was thrilled to speak to Peter Humphries on his podcast 'First Impressions' recently where I talk about my poetry story and read some poems.
A podcast I recorded just as we started to emerge from lockdown on the launch of my book was recently released.
I was thrilled to be asked to run a workshop with Victoria CP School in Wrexham where children were writing poems about the town in support of the 2025 City of Culture bid.
The day was inspirational and the love for the town was palpable in every one of their words.
The Altrincham Arts Festival launched with a bang on 19th March and I was lucky enough to be part of an amazing line up of poets on their launch event,
The immensely supportive Blue Balloon Theatre company recently asked me to write in their newsletter. Their motto is 'make it happen' so I wrote about that.
A poem about my various Northern Identities will feature in a new anthology to be launched by Bent Key Publishing in the Summer.
Thanks to BBC Upload two poems were recently played on BBC Radio Manchester followed by an interview with David Scott and Vicky Hawkesworth. One was my positive poem and the other was Laptop Love. Both can be found in the reels of my instagram page.
Black Cat Poetry Press kindly featured my positive poem on their instagram page.
More of the poems I have submitted in response to Visual Verse's art of the month have been recently published. Find all of my poems in the link below.
I was delighted to run a poetry workshop on the theme of connection in collaboration with Comma Press and Oldham Libraries.
I ran a wonderfully received workshop fro CIPD Manchester in September 2021 - take a look at their blog for more details.
I was delighted that one of my poems featured on The Mancs social channels in August.
I am so excited to be invited to headline at Verbose's return to real life at the amazing Kings Arms, Salford
I was thrilled to collaborate with the incredible team at Baba + Boo on a poem about Hope for the launch of their Spring 2021 collection.
A poem I wrote in response to the outpouring of women's stories online following the devastating murder of Sarah Everard was included in UN Women's first ever virtual gallery. 'A Safe Space' is a collection of art, photography, poetry music and stories imagining and demanding safer spaces for women.
In collaboration with Whats the Sketch theatre co I curated and performed at a poetry show in the woods at Into the Wild coffee shack in August. (Photo credit Karen Herman Wright)
A highlight of summer 2021 was hosting workshops for Water Aid at Worthy Pastures (aka the home of Glastonbury Festival)
I am delighted to be the first poet in residence of the Be Braver collective, an inspirational collective who inspire me daily.
I was honoured to be the lead writer for the Visual Verse June edition which was curated by Master House Publishing. Visual Verse has been a wonderful part of my poetry journey. Each month they ask for poetic/prose responses to artwork and curate a beautiful collection of poems. I am lucky to have had a few of my poems selected in the past, so to be a lead writer was a huge privilege.
My first in real life open mic since the pandemic was at 'A Lovely Word' on 1 July 2021 in Liverpool and it really was lovely.
On Sunday 13 June I made it to the semi-finals in Belfast Book Festival's Poetry Slam, which was held online. It was such an incredible evening, fizzing with talent and a joy to be part of.
On 1 June 2021 I headlined Testify Poetry. Testify is one of the first open mics I ever attended in real life in 2019 and they became part of my lockdown routine on zoom in 2020/2021. It was an absolute privilege to headline with this wonderful community of poets and poetry lovers. An evening in lockdown I will never forget!
I recently joined the team at the Poetry Global Network as an occasional UK correspondent of The Poetry Times, a weekly YouTube/Facebook broadcast about the global poetry scene.
See Episode 4 for an interview with me about my debut poetry collection.
I was delighted to have my poem Lockdown Life is a Rollercoaster of Emotions featured on the Cheshire East Libraries Facebook page to celebrate National Poetry Day 2020.