What I teach?
I've taught for the WEA since 1999! I teach creative writing, this term I am teaching Explorations of Creative Writing which gives both new and established writers the chance to develop their techniques not only in poetry, but prose too. We look at all aspects of creative writing from narrative development to creating an atmosphere. I love seeing how your words develop. I am also teaching Creative Writing in Beeston and All Sorts of Creative Writing in Loughborough.
What else do I do?
I regularly reviews poetry and have written books and education packs on creative writing. I’ve had poems appear in the anthologies Double Bill (Red Squirrel, 2014), Maps and Legends (Nine Arches, 2013), Strike Up the Band: Poems for John Lucas at Eighty (Plas Gwyn Books, 2017), and the Max Miller Society journal, who recently published her elegy for Ken Dodd. Forthcoming poems will appear in the sequel to Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Press).
I regularly perform my work; recently, I’ve teamed up with music hall expert Ann Featherstone to perform variety stories from her first two collections. In 2018 one of my poems were displayed on the side of Leicester University Library, and one at its new digital resource centre, for International Women’s Day. I’m also currently working on a new poetic sequence, The Ladies of Harris’s List set in the eighteenth-century, and a series of music hall poems with Andy Jackson.
Something else about me?
I collect vintage clothes, especially hats. I am often found wondering around at vintage and 1940’s events.