I’m a writer, performer, and arts and nature connection facilitator. I live in London, after a decade in Edinburgh.
I’ve written poems for as long as I can remember, but I started sharing them on stages around 2010 at open mic nights in Edinburgh. Since then, I’ve collected a wide range of feature performances – from music festivals to dive bars to one glorious night with a full orchestra and a specially-written score.
My first pamphlet, Treasure in the History of Things, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press, and was accompanied by an album, which was a collaboration with sound designer Fiona Keenan. You can listen to the album here.
I wrote and toured a full-length spoken word show about fat liberation and reclaiming exercise, Fat Kid Running, in 2016-18.
I run participatory arts programmes and writing workshops in a number of settings. This is as important to me as my own creative practice: I believe that everyone should have support, access and inspiration to create. Many of those who don’t have these things right now are exactly the people whose voices are most important to hear – creating platforms where marginalised people can tell their stories fights the silencing forces of oppression.
I started organising spoken word programmes and events as part of the organising team for Inky Fingers, from 2011-2013; this series of open mics, workshops, and Minifests, is all about creating friendly spaces for people from all backgrounds to try performing words on stages, and to help each other out with feedback and support. We also ran loads of weird and wonderful events, including a Dead Poets Slam (come dressed as your favourite poet and perform their work), a collaborative poetry map of Edinburgh, and two literary scavenger hunts that took players all around the city. Inky Fingers was nominated for two Saboteur Awards.
After Inky Fingers, I brought participatory arts into my work at LGBT Health and Wellbeing, running a programme of workshops to support the production of Naked Among Thistles, an anthology of writing about LGBT+ identities and mental wellbeing which I edited alongside Alison Wren. The launch party for the book was probably the most proud I have ever been in my life.
Since then, I’ve run participatory arts projects and taught creative writing in schools, with older people, in mental health contexts, queer spaces, community gardens and more. I’m particularly interested in using poetry and stories towards building a more just, more sustainable, kinder world through community and solidarity, and I work to create spaces which are as safe and accessible as possible for people who are marginalised.
I graduated from the MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2018.
Please feel welcome to contact me to discuss any aspect of my work – whether you’re looking for someone to collaborate with, to book for an event, or to commission to run a project or event!