I write poems and fiction, and make occasional sound pieces for fun. The other thing I do with my life is teach! I love it. I taught secondary school English and Drama in my twenties and thirties, and then spent some time as a freelance educator in museums. Now I teach creative writing and poetry, for Morley College and the Poetry School – but I’ve also taught on the BA (creative writing and poetry) and MA (poetry) modules for the University of East Anglia – and given creative writing workshops in schools, prisons and museums, as well as for the Arvon Foundation’s Under 18s Week at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank.
I have a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA; my thesis considered the relationship between environment, interiority and contemporary poetics. I’m particularly interested in sound and hearing and the sub/urban experience of environment. I wrote a paper about the ‘feral’ as a figure for poetic thinking – and am currently thinking about pastoral and contemporary writing.
I read at The Shuffle in April alongside Lorraine Mariner, John Clegg, Lotte Lewis, Edward Doegar, Caroline Maldonado & special international guest, Christos Koukis
I had a great time reading alongside Ariana Reines and Elaine Kahn for The Poetry Society in May. They were awesome. I also got to touch Sylvia Plath’s kilt.
And I read at Sutton House, Hackney aboard a Gypsy Caravan, sharing the bill with the wonderful Norfolk Broads in May too. Pages of Hackney, who ran the event, and The Gypsy Caravan Theatre are run by fantastic people who are lovely, committed to what they do and very very inspiring.
In the summer, I co-edited the first anthology of poetry by Morley College poets, and read at the Penned in the Margins Summer Party as well as running a walking and writing workshop beforehand.
I’m working on
- a whole bunch of new poems for a new collection provisionally called ‘Menstruant’
- a hybrid book of essays and poems on the theme of place, ‘nature’ and sound, provisionally called ‘London Feral’