I am so excited to be invited to headline at Verbose's return to real life at the amazing Kings Arms, Salford
As a poet with over 20 years corporate experience I want to bring poetry into the business world, through workshops, internal communication and marketing.
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.
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.
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)
I am deligheted to be taking part in my first in real life open mic since the pandemic as part of 'A Lovely Word' on 1 July 2021 in Liverpool.
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 that one of my poems featured on The Mancs social channels in August.
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.