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We See You Now

We See You Now, a new piece of  speculative eco-fiction writing I have been working on since the autumn,  is now live  as a 16 minute audio piece here, and was launched as part of Birkbeck ArtsWeek 2020. Last month I published a blog for New Writing South on my journey as an artist into writing and on the development of this new work, read it here. 

I recently ran a second We See You Now writing retreat for BAME/PoC writers / artists who use writing in their work,  in partnership with Writing Our Legacy, more details here.

As well as completing We See You Now, which will act as the ‘prologue’ to a larger, cross-artform project eventually set outdoors and online, I have finally finished the manuscript for my first novel and it is ready to send out into the world…and has just made the longlist for the S I Leeds Literary Prize. I have also begun writing short fiction stories. More here soon.

I am also 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 series, Craft in Common, now all available here. 

I was also due to be on an artist residency at Metal Southend this 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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