I started writing in 2008 when I attended the ‘Act 3’ page to
stage course at Hull Truck Theatre. The group successfully
wrote, acted and directed an evening of short plays. Since
then I have had a number of short plays produced locally and
one or two longer ones short listed by bigger theatres. My
play ‘Free to Good Home’ reached the finals of a monologue
competition at Cast Theatre in Doncaster.
Scruffy and the Local Valentino
In 2010 the Act 3 facilitator brought in local poet Joe
Hakim to do a poetry performance workshop. It’s no
exaggeration to say that workshop changed my life for
although I had always enjoyed many forms of theatre, poetry
wasn’t high on my ‘must see’ events.
We were asked to write a poem on what Hull meant to us. I
wrote my first poem ‘It’s good innit’ and quickly followed it
up with, ‘Who do they think they are?’ Both of these poems
are in my first book ‘A Woman with a View’
In 2013 I wrote and performed my one woman show ‘A Woman
with a View’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was an
amazing experience and I learned a lot.
I have performed and continue to perform at festivals,
parties, open mics and for various organisations in and
around Hull and East Yorkshire and beyond.
I published my second book. ‘Add Verse To Therapy’ in 2015
and ‘The Brazen Maiden from Hull’ in 2017. All of the books
are available to purchase on this web site.
I am currently involved in an exciting out reach project
with the Warren in Hull. The aim is to produce a joint poetry
and puppetry performance with young people from the Rise
academy whose first language isn’t English.
This will be followed up by performances at Hull Freedom
Festival later this year.