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.
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
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!)
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
Giving talks and poetry performances to various
clubs, organisations, institutions and associations.
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.