Workshops & Performances

Upcoming events

    I run a monthly creative writing group at Failsworth Library on the 3rd Monday of the month from 5.30pm – close.

Past Performances and Workshops

  • 1st December – creative writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing Group
  • 25th July – 22nd August 2016 – Read & Feed, weekly creative writing and crafting sessions for young people at Smallbridge Library, Rochdale.
  • 26th July 2016, Science Meets Poetry, part of Manchester European City of Science 2016, The John Rylands Library, Manchester.
  • 25th June 2016, Song/Poetry for Revealing the Roch festival, Rochdale.
  • 24th, 28th & 30th June 2016, Stone Glass Wood KS2 poetry workshops in partnership with The John Rylands Library, Manchester.
  • 2nd June 2016, ‘Mapping Our Place’ creative writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing
  • 17th April 2016,Sunday Funday storytelling and song for Manchester Children’s Book Festival (Sadko & Volga Matushka), Manchester Central Library.
  • 22nd & 23rd January 2016, played Prince Charming in Cinderella for the Didsbury Players’ annual pantomime.


  • 3rd Dec, ‘Everyday Magic’ creating writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing Group
  • 25th Oct, reading from Lancashire Folk Tales as part of Rochdale Literature Festival Fringe.
  • 5th March, one of the headline poets at Loose Muse, 3MT, Manchester.
  • 24 – 25th Jan, played The Narrator in Puss in Boots for the Didsbury Players’ pantomime.


  • 16th November, Workshop on “wild writing”, NAWE Conference, Bristol.
  • 23rd & 24th Aug, The Frog Princess and other stories, Greenbelt Festival, Boughton House, Northamptonshire.
  • 31st July – 3rd Aug, The Frog Princess storytelling. Green Gathering Festival, Cheptstow, Wales.
  • 6th & 7th June, played Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest for the Didsbury Players’ spring production.
  • 14th April, Reading at Carol Ann Duffy & Friends, Royal Exchange, Manchester.
    Poetry with George Alaimo & Richy Campbell, Liz Venn, the Poet Laureate and Daljt Nagra.
  • 12th March, Loose Muse Anthology book launch, 3MT Manchester. One of the poets to perform pieces published in this excellent feminist anthology.
  • 3rd March, Loose Muse Manchester, poetry at this long-running and successful national feminist poetry night.


  • 9th November, telling tales of Victorian Reddish and the stories of some characters buried in Willow Grove cemetery. Reddish, Stockport.
  • 8th November, poetry showcase on Artipeeps blog.
  • 27th Aug, poetry for Loungefest’s Eclectic – Poetry and Spoken Word. Contact Theatre, Manchester.
  • August, ‘Wild Writes’: weekly workshops fusing biodiversity education and writing for young children and their families, in collaboration with Friends of Reddish Vale Country Park.
  • 30th July, Stirred Poetry ‘Warm World’, co-headlined the long-running, feminist night. Three Minute Theatre, Manchester.
  • 8th July, telling a true tale of an Effed Up love life. The Castle, Manchester.
  • 5th June, Manchester Writing School end of year showcase, new pieces read at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.
  • 17th – 18th May, wrote and directed Forte! and wrote Stars in Their Eyes, two original comedy dramas written for the Didsbury Players’ Spring production. Didsbury Cricket Club, Manchester.
  • 26th – 28th April, Calypso storytelling chapter from The Odyssey, Mount Severn Activity Centre, Llanidloes, Wales.
  • 4th Feb, reading poetry at Carol Ann Duffy & Friends, The Royal Exchange, Manchester.
  • 25 – 26th Jan, played Dick Whittington’s mother in Dick Whittington for Didsbury Players, East Didsbury Methodist Church.


  • Nov, reading poetry at the launch of Tongue in Cheek, Nexus cafe, Manchester.
  • Oct, reading poetry at Stirred, Sandbar, Manchester.
  • Sept, played Joyce in Last Tango in Didsbury for Didsbury Players, Didsbury Cricket Club.
  • July, true life story telling at Tales of Whatever, The Castle, Manchester.
  • April – May, ‘Postcards from Preston’: true life storytelling workshop mentoring, in partnership with Deafway and They Eat Culture.
  • March, ‘Tales in the City’: non-traditional storytelling workshop, Manchester.
  • Jan, played the giant’s housekeeper in Jack & The Beanstalk for Didsbury Players, Didsbury Cricket Club.

Prior to 2012

  • May 2011, played Nanny Ogg in Wyrd Sisters for Didsbury Players, Didsbury Cricket Club.
  • Jan 2011, wrote and performed in Robin Hood: Prince of Chorlton Ees for Didsbury Players, East Methodist Church.
  • Oct 2010, poetry & song at West Midlands Vegan Festival. Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
  • March – May 2010, ‘Energy Savers’: Sustainable Living & Creative Writing, in partnership with AfSL, Creative Partnerships and a primary school in Heaton Moor.
  • Jan 2010, played Diastema (an ugly sister) in Cinderella for Didsbury Players, East Didsbury Methodist Church.
  • Jan 2009, poetry at Little Green, Jam Street Cafe, Manchester.
  • October 2008, performance poetry at How Many Poets Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?, Manchester Comedy festival, Deaf Institute, Manchester.
  • August 2008, performance poetry at Poetry for Pride, Taurus Bar, Manchester.
  • 7th May 2008, performance poetry at the Hammer & Tongue final, The Vaults, Oxford.
  • Oct 2007, poetry & song at West Midlands Vegan Festival, Wolverhampton
  • Sept 2007, poetry & song at London Vegan Festival.