poetry

about me

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

Poetry

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.

Past Writing and Performance Projects (in brief)

In 2016 and 2017 I was invited to write and deliver Creative Writing performance poetry workshops for the young people using the Warren Youth Service in Hull.  These workshops culminated with brilliant performances at The Hull Freedom Festival. The first year I used Equality, Difference and Diversity as the theme. The second year the theme was Slavery.

In 2017 as part of an outreach project with the Warren I wrote and delivered creative writing/performance poetry workshops to young people whose first language is not English. This very interesting and challenging project involved collaboration with a puppeteer. The young people performed bravely and articulately at The Oak Street Festival in Hull speaking their own poetry in English and using the puppets they had made.

This year I came 3rd (out of about 70 writers) in The Tale Spinners short story competition final at The East Riding Theatre in Beverley. (I won £25 and a bottle of Prosecco ... living the dream!)

Current Projects

  • Delivering creative writing workshops for women using the Hull City Council Pause Project
  • Continuing to add to and develop my fourth poetry book "A Woman with a Grudge". I hope to have this published later this year or early in 2019.
  • Writing plays as a member of the Hull group of Script Yorkshire.
  • Giving talks and poetry performances to various clubs, organisations, institutions and associations. (see gigs)

Future Projects

In the autumn this year (2018) I will be delivering performance poetry workshops to year 7s in East Riding of Yorkshire Secondary Schools as part of a reminiscence project with the East Riding of Yorkshire Library Service. This exciting project aims for the children involved to perform their own work for reminiscence projects in the area and in libraries and residential homes.

 

 

Catherine Scott