As a writer, I am happy to undertake commissions or residencies – I have done residencies for the National Trust, RSPB, Coleridge Cottage, Derby City Hospital and British Waterways.
I am an experienced speaker and performer, touring with live poetry shows such as Fourpenny Circus and Too Much Information (with novelist Jenn Ashworth). I am a workshop leader. As a former archaeologist I enjoy working with museums and archives; as a boat-dweller, I also work frequently in canal-side locations or venues. My work with communities includes sessions with victims of domestic abuse, young offenders and female prison inmates. Sorry, but I don’t work with schools or children’s groups.
Directing National Poetry Day and other projects such as a Tale of Three Cities (EM regional writing project) has given me wide experience of project management, fundraising and delivery.
I also collaborate with designer Hannah Fox on illustrated projects, and have been an editor (eg of Tripod magazine and poetry collections). I have written for broadcast, including a series of programmes on BBC Radio Derby. I am also a playwright, having written a short play for performance at Chester Literature Festival 2010.
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