I am in the middle of a period of research and development for a new cross -artform project rooted in my life writings, exploring and interweaving themes of sudden loss, trans-national identity and history, as well as our relationship to coastal climate change as site of trauma, loss, healing and rejuvenation.

We See You Now is funded by a project grant from Arts Council England, with support from New Writing South, an AN Bursary from the Artist’s Information Company, Live Arts Development Agency, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Creative Future and Writing Our Legacy  and Metal. I will be developing and sharing work, finishing a manuscript, running a pilot retreat on the south east coast for writers/artists and producing a series of visual work as part of my activity until June 2020. More detail  here.

This Spring/ summer  I will be doing an artist residency and taking part in a touring show, We Are Commoners, part of a national AHRC network project, Crafting the Commons. Commissioned by Craftspace, launching at MAC Birmingham in the autumn.

I have had my first creative writing published , as part of Writing Our Legacy’s new anthology, Hidden Sussex: Fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experience,. It is now on sale online . 

I also recently performed some of my writing and exhibited the visual art featured in it at the Small Story Cabaret on the theme of Hiraeth, the longing for home.

I have received which will fund a period  of curatorial and cross-artform mentoring this autumn

In May I was artist-in-residence for Our Place, a creative programme in communities, delivered with the groundbreaking Brighton People’s Theatre for Brighton Festival. More info here.

Over the 18 months, I’ve been running a series of Makers of Change workshops using craftivism and peer listening as tools for addressing inequality, and developing  self-care, care of environment and collective resilience. These have been developed and supported by the arts organisation,  A Woman’s Place project hosted by Depot Cinema Lewes and funded by The Chalk Cliff Trust, plus a monthly series for over 18’s which is hosted by Westgate Chapel, Lewes.

Recently / ongoing

Check out my sculpture on the cover of a new edition of Suffrage Plays by Methuen, edited by Naomi Paxton here.

I am Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London

Read my Library Shelf online hosted by art and writing publishers Akerman Daly, connected to the Tall Tales tour.

Archived speaking events /podcasts / other :

Revolutionary Makers: Watch highlights from the Women of the World Festival in Hull here, where our mass craftivist installation –  designed to create conversations and actions around gender equality –  launched as part of Hull City of Culture. Images here.  See me talking about it  here and listen to an interview as part of the  Radio 4 Woman’s Hour panel live in Hull during the event here.

In conversation with Philosopher Sacha Golob (Kings College) as part of a series of Visual Arts and Philosophy Salons at Fernandez and Wells, Somerset House, London. Podcast here

In conversation at the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA with Dr Christine  Checinska -Shaw. Listen here. (scroll to bottom for file)

On Radio 4 Midweek with Libby Purves, talking about gift, debt, art and  birth alongside Satish Kumar, Brian Blessed and the male midwife Mark Harris.  Listen to the programme on Iplayer here.

Burning The Books : Our film documenting the project tour, is online on vimeo – watch here.  Funded by Arts Council England.

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