Community & Education

I have worked for nearly 20 years on creative projects in the community delivering classes and workshops in film, animation and collage, creative writing and poetry. I was the founder of The Way of Words Creative Writing and Live Literature which ran from 2000-2010 and included the anthology And Then There Was Light, with the work of 24 Lambeth writers, more info

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Since I’ve worked mostly with vulnerable adults in mental health and homelessness services including at the V&A, the South London and Maudsley Hospital and St Mungos Recovery College. My own status as a vulnerable adult is an asset and in often a requirement. I have lived experience of overcoming mental health challenges, homelessness and a dysfunctional relationship which involved stalking, abuse and a form of what is now described as coercive control. Through these experiences and the healing required and undertaken I have developed empathy and the ability to work with sensitivity and compassion, using creativity as a route to greater self awareness and agency and increased feelings of confidence and self worth.

I have curated a number of events with spoken word, live literature, dj’s, vj’s and musicians honoured to have been joined by special guests including Lindsey German at War, Lies and Stereotypes, Paddy Hill and John Cooper Clarke appeared at A Force Fusion, Brian Paddick and Alex Wheatley featured at Speaking in Tongues, Agnes Meadows mc’ed at Remembering Fallujah, Malika Booker performed at launch of And Then There Was Light, Dolly Sen at the launch of Out is the Word and Karen McCarthy Woolf, Tolu Agbelusi, mc Yomi Sode entranced our audience at  the launch of 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration.

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I have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, a Certificate in Writers in the Community from The University of Sussex, Centre for Continuing Education and completed a Phrased & Confused Development Programme for event promoters. I attend classes at Spread the Word and the Poetry School and I am a member of NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education, and Unite Community, a branch of Unite the Union.

Cressingham Voices

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Post: Writer-in-residence, 2016- date, more info

St Mungos Recovery College

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Post: Creative Writing tutor 2015-16 more info

The Social Inclusion Hope and Recovery Project

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Post: Creative Writing tutor and steering board member for the creative writing project 2010-2013 more info

Speaking in Tongues

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Role: Workshop facilitator, curator, promoter, and mc, more info

Lambeth Mind

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Post: Workshop facilitator enabling services users to generate copy for the newsletter, editor of Poetry Page as a Stage, more info

War, lies and Stereotypes

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Role: Curator, promoter and performer, more info

The Kaleidoscope Project

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Post: Creative writing facilitator in a community centre and care home, more info

Remembering Fallujah – two years on

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Role: Curator, promoter and performer, more info

Trust Arts Project

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Post: Creative writing facilitator in a Mental Health Rehab centre, more info

 

A Force Fusion

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Role: Curator, promoter and mc, more info

 

The Way of Words

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Post: Founder and director, more info