April was the cruelest month…

I began running a creative writing class from the social care unit at the Union Chapel, London in 2005. You may well know the building as a cool, Islington venue that’s hosted the likes of Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones and Philip Glass but it’s also been home to the Margin’s Project, a crisis centre that offers housing advice and a winter night shelter.

Helping Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Stay Connected

I’ve been running creative writing and poetry discussion groups for over twenty years. I’ve specialised in working with vulnerable adults and ‘hard to reach’ learners in environments such as prisons, homeless shelters and psychiatric wards. Most recently I’ve been working with seniors and elders within my community. The Covid-19 outbreak has forced the closure ofContinue reading “Helping Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Stay Connected”

My Name Is Swan | World Premiere Online Screening

My Name Is Swan premiered at the Curzan, Aldgate as part of the East End Film Festival in London and received its international premiere at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York. Returning to the UK it featured at the Turner Contemporary as part of the Margate NOW Festival who will host the online world premiere on 3rdContinue reading “My Name Is Swan | World Premiere Online Screening”

Journey Works

“…It’s time we left this land of stoats and toads this kingdom of weasels this province of voles …” from Body 115 #journeyworks photo: Meghan Desmond 09 SEPT | ITALY Studio Carlo Rea Via Petrara 62024 Matelica Marche, Italia 19:00 h 29 SEPT | MARGATE  101 Social 101 Northdown Rd, Margate, CT9 2QY 18:00 hContinue reading “Journey Works”

London to Milan, Newcastle to New York…

Friends, I will be giving a first draft reading of a newly commissioned ‘journey work’ on the opening night of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Friday 7 June 2019.  This new poetic monologue, commissioned by Professor Maggie Rose of Università degli Studi di Milano, will be adapted for the stage and showcased in Milan in 2020.Continue reading “London to Milan, Newcastle to New York…”

“Poetry of strength & impact”

Following our reading with the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, in Orta last month, with the text of My Name is Swan being set on the University of Milan syllabus and a write up in La Stampa, we return to Italy for a special presentation at BookCity Milano. We will also be giving a ‘performance audiovisiva’Continue reading ““Poetry of strength & impact””