[Poet in Residence]
Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar have commissioned me as Poet in Residence for several large outdoor events.
- Get up to Speed at Magna Science Adventure Centre
Over 6,000 South Yorkshire school children attended and I asked them and stallholders what they thought made a great place. By the end of the day I produced a performance poem called ‘Great Place’, all words in the poem were from answers that people gave me.
- Tour de Yorkshire
This commission harnessed how the local community had come together with street decoration through having an artist in the community – Gemma Nemer aka The Button Tin. I created several poems from face-to-face responses and public comments from the Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar Facebook page.
- The Man Engine
The largest mechanical puppet in the UK – an 18ft miner came to Yorkshire for the first time – I engaged with audience members around their family links and ties to industry.
- Rotherham Show
Worked across the weekend of Rotherham Show at Clifton Park. I created poems based on conversations with the public about Rotherham’s heritage and future. I also encouraged the public to contribute words, drawings and scribbles to a 3m wooden replica of the Needle’s Eye from Wentworth Woodhouse.
[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 promoted 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 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. It was supported by Adult, Family & Community Learning at Doncaster Council.
I have performed my poetry at Ilkley Literature Festival as part of a New Writing Showcase and at various open-mics across the North of England.
I enjoy taking words into public spaces and have done so as part of Democracy of Words, reading poems on Mexborough High Street.
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
Various pieces on the Doncopolitan blog