I write, publish and perform work about our ecology and personal and social histories. I share my practice, so others can see, feel and understand the value and intrinsic role of creativity in our well being.
While my blog, below, tells you a more about my creative practice and influences.Echo Soundings
- Of Angels and HopeThe Imaginarium is soon to be open for business - first session on 5th September - so I've been picking the minds of some of my favourite writers and thinkers for stimulation. So far I've found Jorie Graham on education: "Our educational philosophies at present are so desperately specialized, so goal-oriented, we have forgotten that […]
- That which is not already shapedI took an old printer to a pc fixit friend at the weekend and left it with him, saying, "Fingers crossed, we need something good to happen...". "Sounds like something bad has happened." He looked blank. "Thursday?" I prompted. Still blank. "Come on, surely, the referendum..." […]
- Self-portrait in plasticI have a reading tonight. I was planning to read a reasonably new sequence of poems about rubbish found on the beach. Now, after the shooting of Jo Cox, in the midst of an aggressive yet petty campaign focused on blame, alongside the violence of young men who proudly call themselves 'hooligans' and seek out […]
- Imagining an ImaginariumBack in March I ran a workshop in the Storey Gallery, Lancaster, writing in response to Catriona Stamp’s explorations into migration. It was a whirlwind, stimulating two hours, during which someone asked me (in response to my showing them a piece from Vahni Capildeo’s Measures of Expatriation) what I thought the difference was between poetry […]
- I play because...These are the nine cellos I'm playing with as part of the Hear me Roar Festival in Lancaster. Obviously I'm not playing a cello, I'm playing my voice. Maja Brugge, composer of the piece and initiator of the performance, asked me if I'd be interested in delivering the words of her cello students about why […]