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Writing & Performance

New story published now!

I am thrilled to announce that my short story ‘Coming Back to Life’ is now published. It’s one of twenty short stories selected by the stunning Aesthetica Magazine. It now features in the magazine’s  Creative Writing Award 2021. A great… Continue Reading →

7 DAYS on Discover Films

After winning multiple awards around the world 7 Days is now available to watch on multiple platforms – and since May 2020 it’s now available for free on Discover Film – home of the world’s best short films.
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pARTy Lines – a Literary Cabaret @ BLF 2019

There was a full-house for our BLF show at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in October. I joined the stage with a terrific line-up of award-winning poets, authors, musicians and playwrights. It was a chance to showcase the talents of… Continue Reading →

7 Days – More Film Awards

Jul/ Aug 2019 – LATEST NEWS
To add to their “Best Short Film’ accolade in LA, now 7 DAYS has won another two awards. The latest is for “The Best Screenplay” at the Indo Global International Film Festival in Mumbai – heart of Bollywood. Continue Reading →

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

June 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 →

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 →

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

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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