We See You Now

We See You Now, a new piece of  speculative eco-fiction writing I worked on as part of an R+D period supported by Arts Council England,  is now live  as a 16 minute audio piece here, and was launched as part of Birkbeck ArtsWeek 2020. I wrote a guest blog for New Writing South on my journey as an artist into writing and on the development of this new work, read it here. A larger project is being developed as a result of this project, more news on this in December.

I am associate artist at Birkbeck Gender and  Sexuality Studies Centre this term, researching and writing new seed work around care, freedom and human rights.

I was honoured to the first guest, alongside wordsmith and artist Omope Daiboku, on a new Podcast series ‘Life in a Time of Corona’, talking about the effect of the crisis on our creativity, and relationship to environment and daily life. Details and listen here. 

I have finally finished the manuscript for my first novel and am slowly sending it out into the world…it made the longlist for the S I Leeds Literary Prize.

I am currently on an artist residency and taking part in a future touring show, We Are Commoners, part of a national AHRC network project, Crafting the Commons, commissioned by Craftspace. Due to Covid my residency time – which was to take place in Balsall Heath, Birmingham – is being used to create a 5 part vimeo  workshop series, Craft in Common, now all available here. 

I was due to be on an artist residency at Metal Southend last summer, but this is postponed until 2021 due to Covid.

I 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 . 

Recently / ongoing

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. 

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

Archived speaking events /podcasts / other :

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 Mark Harris.  Listen to the programme on Iplayer here.

Burning The Books : Our film documenting the project tour, is online on vimeo – watch here.  2011-15 tour Funded by Arts Council England.

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