After spending decades coming to the Edinburgh Fringe and thinking 'I wish I could do that!', I am now fulfilling that wish with my show 'Do you remember the first rhyme?'. A show about the love, loss and re-discovery of creativity.
I am so amazed to share the news that 'Do You Remember the First Rhyme?' has been shortlisted for a Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Award. Voting is now open if you want to support me and the show.
Verbose, the spoken word night I co-host is also shortlisted as are two anthologies I feature in, Ey Up and Hope is a Group Project.
I never dreamed of being included in these lists when I started out sharing my work and I am genuinely so grateful to anyone who chose to nominate my show.
18 June - Still Got it Showcase and Ed Fringe preview at Fierce Bar Manchester
26 June - Co-hosting Verbose
20th January - Northern Poets Society
3Oth January - co hosting Verbose
22nd February - Express Yourself, Bask
8th March - Salford Arts Theatre , Blue Balloon Theatre Co
9th March - Nook Open Door
17th Mark - Haigh Hall Tap Bar
27th March - co-hosting Verbose
28th March - Shapeshifter at Fierce Bar
29th March - Mancunia TV
16th April - Switchblade Society
Co-hosting Verbose at the Kings Arms, Salford
1 May - Sheffield Meadowhall
5th May - Corto Bar Clitheroe
21st May - Still Got it Showcase, Fierce Bar
22nd May - Co-hosting Verbose, Kings Arms
As I get ready for Edinburgh I will be doing a few warm up previews alongside a number of other poets and storytellers who, like me, started sharing their work after a bit of living.
I've called it the 'Still got it showcase' although none of us are sure what 'it' is.
On 20 May me and the cast of May's Still Got It Showcase were invited onto BBC Radio Manchester's Upload show with David Scott. it was a lot of fun.
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I was delighted to take part in a poetry roundtable with two of my favourite poets, Loll Perkins and Lou Machen, on BBC Radio Manchester on 4 March 2023, talking about the poetry community and inspirations.
Over the early May bank holiday weekend the Reverend and the Makers were promoting their new album 'Heatwave in the Cold North' at a pop up shop in the world famous Sheffield Meadowhall shopping centre and opened the floor to acoustic sets from bands and poets and I was ever so lucky to be part of it.
I did a set of poems around the theme of letters to my younger and current self to connect it to the incredible track 'Letter to my 21 Year Old Self'.
The link below isn't to my work but to encourage you to buy their album. It's a stunner and I am always always going to give back support to people who support others like this. It's a special thing and means a lot.
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.
A sunny day amongst creatives, artists, authors, poets, rappers, comedians, actors - the first C-Arts festival was an incredible day to be part of, curated by Northern Poets Society, Switchblade Society and Natter.
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.
Under glorious and hot skies I was privileged to run some poetry workshops for wellbeing at the wonderful Zennor Haven field at Boardmasters 2022.
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.
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.
A new gently humorous spoken word show, reflecting on how I loved performance as a child and re-discovered it in my 40s with a bang.
10 July at Gullivers NQ as part of GM Fringe and 27 August at the Museum of Comedy.
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 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.
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.
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.
I am so excited to be invited to headline at Verbose's return to real life at the amazing Kings Arms, Salford
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, featuring some of Manchester's best poets such as Antony Szmierek, Rebecca Kenny, Louis Glazzard, Will Stevenson , Amy Harris, Lisa Simpson, Mark Forster and Rebecca Phythian. (Photo credit Karen Herman Wright)
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 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 am delighted to be the first poet in residence of the Be Braver collective, an inspirational collective who inspire me daily.
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.