Listen in…

Here you can read and listen and to a selection of pieces, that I have written:

Red: A Dystopian Fairy Tale

Below you can here the opening of Red: A Dystopian Fairy Tale which I wrote recorded and produced after workshops with children and young people you can watch the full film here.

Lost, Kindred Folk

Designed for Key stage 2 and family audiences, Kindred Folk use dance, music and storytelling to transport audiences out of their local library, over the seas to bustling street, walled cities and mystical beaches. This exciting adventure has a young girl called Lost seeking a way to discover her voice. You can find out more about Kindred Folk’s work here.

In 2022, I was invited to work a folk style tale I had written in to a new piece of work. We incorporated ideas gathered in workshops with primary schools across Warrington. The extract was written in response to ideas gathered in workshops with year five and six pupils from Callands and Culcheth Primary schools. We asked children three questions; What brings them comfort? What makes them feel powerful? What makes them Curious?

At No.25, Culture Warrington

Magic of Christmas Morning was created as a soundtrack to accompany At No.25, a Christmas installation commissioned by Culture Warrington in Golden Square shopping centre in 2021. I worked with community groups across a range of ages in Warrington where participants were asked What makes Christmas morning magical?

This creative writing workshop was offered to Wolf Print, HomeStart Warrington, Creative Remedies and Story Stitchers’ Story Circle. Below is an extract from a collective piece of spoken word, produced by myself and featuring the voices and ideas of local people from across Warrington.

I Taste – Chester Zoo

I was commissioned by Chester Zoo to create a workshop for families about Sustainable Palm Oil. This poem was on display during the workshop.

What Now – Family Arts Conference

The Family Arts Campaign Conference in November 2021, we commissioned me to create two special stories, which were presented during the conference.

This spoken story interweaves tales of family experiences during the pandemic. This is a story of how creativity helped to bring joy and meaning during challenging times.

Sarah Parker Remond

Commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery and Made for Key Stage 3 nd 4 audiences.

In collaboration with Venessa Scott, this short animate film explores of Sarah Parker Remond, an American lecturer, activist and abolitionist campaigner.

CAUTION: The video features the use of a racist term in the context that it was used in the 1850s, which some viewers may find distressing.  

You can find an accompanying lesson plan exploring youth activism on the Made website here

Together

Together started life as a challenge. To write a poem a day for 42 days that could be enjoyed by families. Something for everyone mum, dad, grandparents and children. It was written in Autumn of 2020 and published in 2021. You can buy a copy here.

Before

‘ She was 6
when they died,
one hundred years ago.
The same age as
my daughter now.’

Felicity is trying to understand what came before. Her children play in the next room and she wants to give them roots. She travels back in time to explore her family history connected with Music Hall, Early Cinema and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. A story told with song about family, history and why we should ask while we can.

Wild Wonder

This collection was written and recorded with family audiences in mind. It was produced under Stitch, you can discover more stories from this collection here.

Motherhood

Motherhood started life as a series of creative writing workshops with Davenham Theatre. From the stories shared at this workshop, I wrote Motherhood a full length play that explores caring, mothers, dementia, maternal mental health, the role of women and how it has changed.