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Jane is a Writer and Actor who specialises in true-life Storytelling. She has an MPhil in Playwriting and works as a coach/motivator to enable others to tell their own stories. Her writings often reflect her roots in the South East… Continue Reading →

7 Days – The Story of Blind Dave Heeley – Awards & Screenings

May 2019 – Update …This new film from Pixel Revolution is already scooping up international awards! It’s currently on release – at special screenings in the Midlands and film festivals around the world.
I am delighted to be in the cast of such an inspiring short drama. It tells the real-life story of Brumie legend – blind marathon runner, Dave Heeley  Continue Reading →

First Day of Spring

20 March 2019 – It’s here. Spring at last. And prompted by a call-out on the BBC from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, I wrote a poem. They wanted writers to capture the beauty of any observarions of nature… Continue Reading →

Stirchley Speaks @ Artefact

It was a great line up this month at Stirchley Speaks. This ever popular packed-out spoken word event is attracting such a crowd, they now have to choose performers by raffle! That said, I had the chance to have a… Continue Reading →

StoryVibes – Sawdust & Silk

The first StoryVibes of 2019 was held in its new, regular, haunt – Artefact art gallery, in South Birmingham. It was an eclectic mix of stories, spoken word and music, that featured the fascinating storyteller Cindylou Turner-Taylor. She performed Sawdust & Silk, a Cinderella tale set in 1930’s England. Continue Reading →

Spoken Trend @ Bull’s Head, Kings Norton

Good to be back here at Spoken Trend, compered by the wonderful Tom McCann, with the chance to ‘strut my stuff’ in the open mics. Headliners Black Country star R M Francis and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate Matt Black both… Continue Reading →

Birmingham Literature Festival Meet Up

Excited to showcase an extract from one of my latest memoirs at this event on the first day of the Birmingham Literature Festival, 2018.  Continue Reading →

Story Vibes – The Pongo’s Dream

A new kind of storytelling and spoken word fusion – Story Vibes – has come to town.

The brainchild of storyteller Sharon Carr, it had its first launch at The Kitchen Garden Cafe – well-known for storytelling & music in Birmingham, so it was great to be invited to tell one of my favourite true-life stories… The Lion, the Wolf & The Cornershop. Continue Reading →

Room 204 @ Edmunds Brewhouse

I always enjoy these Room 204 events – the chance to share new work-in-progress with fellow writers, poets and novelists and share some great poetry and short fiction, either newly published or in the making.  Continue Reading →

True Life Storytelling @ Kenilworth Books

Having recently performed in a two-hander show with author and international storyteller Cat Weatherill, it was a pleasure to join her as Guest Storyteller at the end of an all-day workshop @ Kenilworth Books in Warwickshire.
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Truth & Truffles – Stoke Golding

Tonight was a chance to perform a set of some of the true-life stories I have perfored over the years in a two-hander 90-min show with author/storyteller Cat Weatherill  Continue Reading →

Stirchley Speaks

@ Artefact, Stirchley…always love the open-mic slots at Stirchley Speaks. This month featured talented headliners Hannah Ledlie and Tehilah Henry who are both making names for themselves on the circuit.  Continue Reading →

Spoken Trend

It was great to share the same stage tonight as local legend, performance poet Spoz, and rising star Hannah Swings. They were joined by the Birmingham Uni Slammers, fresh from winning the top awards at the national UniSlam 2018. Continue Reading →

Room 204 @ Edmunds Brewhouse

I started the New Year experimenting with some new material and polishing up some spoken word pieces at a reunion with fellow writers in the Room 204 cohort. We performed our work in our usual haunt to an invited audience… Continue Reading →

Slum Songs in the Sun – BBC Radio 4 Extra

Brilliant to discover that Slum Songs in the Sun is back on the BBC – this time on BBC 4 Extra. I first wrote this in 2014 and it has been repeated several times over the last few years. Continue Reading →

Spoken Trend / The Ort / Grizzley Pear

I had the opportunity to strut my stuff on the open-mic floor with some excellent spoken word artists, in some of the best Spoken Word gigs in South Birmingham. Continue Reading →

Literary Allsorts – Library Theatre

At Birmingham Lit Fest October 2017 I was delighted to read my work on stage with a bunch of fabulous emerging writers from the Room 204 development programme at Writing West Midlands. This early evening show in The Studio Theatre… Continue Reading →

Woman on A Sofa – Reflex Flash Fiction

It was great to be selected as a ‘favourite’ for Reflex Flash Fiction competition this summer and see it published, especially as I am still a newbie to flash fiction as a form. Click here to read the story online…. Continue Reading →

The Last Word – Popshot Magazine

Thrilled to announce that my short story The Last Word is now published in Popshot Magazine – a beautiful illustrated literary magazine that promotes stories, flash fiction and poetry from ‘the literary new blood’. They publish bi-annually and my story… Continue Reading →

Poetry: Open Mic, Theatre and Film

Poems, poems, poems all around…I am currently surrounded by poems I am reading, writing and performing, whether it be at a variety of open-mic gigs in South Birmingham, performing with talented muscians in Journey of Childhood (a show to raise… Continue Reading →

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