[Poet in Residence]
Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar commissioned me as Poet in Residence for two events. The first was for Get up to Speed at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. Over 6,000 South Yorkshire school children attended. I engaged with stall holders and pupils and asked them what they thought made a great place. At the end of the day I had produced a 4 minute performance poem called ‘Great Place’, all words in the poem were from answers that people gave me.I was also Poet in Residence at Day 2 of the Men’s & Women’s Tour de Yorkshire at Elsecar. This commission was more about trying to harness how the community had come together through having an artist in the community (the Button Tin) and the creation of street decoration for the TDY. I created several poems from the responses I was given and allowed space for my own observations. One of the poems is made up of public comments from the Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar Facebook page.
[Commission a Poem]
Doncaster based charity b:Friend commissioned me to write a poem which would feature as the main campaign drive to recruit more volunteer “befrienders” to pair with isolated elderly neighbours in the community. The poem was then set to a short film which was featured across their social media, gaining over 5k views on Facebook.
Cut | Out was a collaboration with Doncaster writer and creative writing facilitator Michéle Beck. Michéle runs a regular community creative writing group at the PFG in Intake, Doncaster. The PFG is made up of people who live in Doncaster and who have current or previous lived experience of mental ill health.
Cut | Out is a film-poem that showcases poetry produced by members of the group. Michéle & Dan believe that everybody has a voice and the ability to create. It was supported by Adult, Family & Community Learning at Doncaster Council.
In October 2017 I performed at a New Writing Showcase alongside five other Northern writers at Ilkley Literature Festival. I have been guest poet at Black Cat Poets in Denton, Manchester and read at open-mics across South Yorkshire.
Review of Earth Girls by Lisa Brockwell—Plumwood Mountain
Editorial for ‘(dis)Ability’ Issue of Doncopolitan
‘The Gift of Time’—feature on Doncaster refugee volunteer organisation The Conversation Club for Doncopolitan.