So I’m swimming back on stage this year, first of all in Brighton as part of the (Brighton and) Hove Grown Festival, on 24 March 7.30pm at the Maydays’ Studio.
Then secondly at Swindon Fringe (also known as Swinge) on Saturday 7 April 2.30pm at Phoenix Theatre. There I’ll be followed by BearDog’s show Sealfie which looks beautiful.
I’ve spent some time tightening up the show with the lovely Lauren Gauge recently which was fun. And continuing to explore ideas, so I’m excited to see where it all goes this year!
I’m happy to be performing on Friday 22nd December at Junkyard Dogs as part of their fundraiser for people sleeping rough in Brighton. Of which there are many, sadly. I’ll do a few poems alongside comedians and musicians, should be a cosy and fun night! More info on Facebook.
I teamed up with Share Your Story and Tick Tock Bridget to present an evening of “Stories on the Move” – and bring my solo show back to Brighton. It was great to perform to friends who’d missed seeing at Brighton Fringe, to share it in a different (bigger) space, and notice how it’s developed and changed in the last few months.
Tick Tock Bridget performed their dance piece, “Rejoining Jane”, which brought laughter, funky moves and whimsical music to the scene, and we shared a Q&A session afterwards about creative process. A lovely night and hopefully the start of more collaborations!
Photos from Rosie Powell
I had the privilege of being ‘Poet in Residence’ at a gathering of around 100 people from across the South of England. All of them were involved in different ways in local community projects, changing their part of the world for the better. My task was to listen, learn, ask questions, and write and perform a poem summing up the less-than-24-hours they had together. DREAM JOB I tell you! 🙂
There was plenty of inspiration in that short amount of time and I loved hearing people’s stories and motivations and also about the challenges they face. I hope my poem was an encouragement to them all!
“Thank you for your stunning contribution to the two days. The poems were so beautiful and poignant”
I also shared my “Resurrection” poem [listen on Soundcloud] with the group, as it tied in to their ethos and some of the conversations that were going on.
For National Poetry Day, the theme of which was freedom, I wrote and submitted a poem to the charity Tearfund’s competition. And won!
Read the poem, ‘Dusty Wings’, and watch a video of the Tearfund team reading it out.
“You have a truly unique voice, and you navigate the subject with intelligence, creativity and beauty. There’s a delightfully whimsical quality to the poem that is nevertheless incredibly powerful, building to a genuinely emotional crescendo in the last stanza.”
(Gideon Heugh, competition judge)