I’m a British-Canadian writer and spoken word artist. I’ve performed at many festivals and live events across the UK and beyond, solo and in collaboration with other writers, musicians and visual/digital artists. I have most recently written for the new Comma Press anthology ‘Protest! Stories of Resistance’, looking at working class suffragettes and forced feeding. My short stories have featured on BBC Radio 4 and in Short Fiction Journal with poetry appearing in numerous anthologies, including the recent ‘Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and disabled poets write back’, the UK?s first anthology of poetry, essays, films and photography of its kind, from Nine Arches Press. My short story collection, ‘Jebel Marra’ (Comma Press, 2015), was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and I am now working on my second collection, an audio and digital short story map of Hayling Island
Short stories, poetry, performance poetry, digital literature, war
Publications & Performance History
Jebel Marra, Comma Press 2015 (short story collection based on the ongoing Darfur war) Short stories for broadcast and print: Protest! Stories of resistance, Comma Press 2017 Border Crossing series, BBC Radio 4 2016 Short Fiction Literary Journal 2013 Bitch Lit, Crocus Books 2006 City Secrets, Crocus Books 2002 Selected Poetry: Knee High Affairs – Crocus Books 2006 (solo chapbook) In anthology: Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and disabled poets write back – Nine Arches Press 2017 A Bee’s Breakfast, My Dear Watson, Not A Drop, Heavenly Bodies – Beautiful Dragons Press 2014-2017 Digital literary mapping: Hayling Island: stories at sea level – a digital audio map of short stories (currently in progress) Tales from the Towpath – a digital literary treasure hunt along Manchester’s waterways, created for Manchester Literature Festival 2014 LitNav, Comma Press 2014 (single story commissioned for this literary mapping app) Performance: Numerous performances and readings at festivals and literature events across the UK since 2002, including Writing on the Wall Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, EuroPride, and Queer Up North among others
Workshop & Reading Experience
Since 2004 I have designed and delivered participatory arts workshops focused on poetry, life writing, short fiction, performance poetry, and artist book making. I often work with new writers who have varying levels of literacy or fluency in English, people with experience of mental distress, and refugees. I also work with more experienced writers, particularly focusing on performance poetry and short fiction. I do one on one developmental and structural editing with short story writers. I often give readings and perform at literature and community events in Manchester, and at festivals across the UK.
Available on request.
Group size preference
Group age preference
Area prepared to travel
All considered on request
I have a particular interest in writing that deals with armed conflict, disability, and LGBT+ issues.