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In February, poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and myself are be co-leading an intensive three day writing course for young people from The Writing Squad and Hive South Yorkshire, based at Tate Exchange and programmed by Arvon.
We will be exploring themes of exchange and considering what it means to be a writer in a visual arts space.
There are opportunities to meet the young writers and get involved on 16th (2.00-3.30pm) and 17th Feb (18.00-20.00).
I have a newly commissioned piece, titled SK-13131313-1 in a limited edition publication accompanying Dafna Talmor’s solo exhibition, Constructed Landscapes, which opens at Photofusion Gallery in Brixton, London on 9th March and runs until 6th April. Continue reading
I have been awarded Arts Council funding to work with Justlife, a Manchester-based charity supporting people close to the streets. I will be working with staff and service-users throughout 2017, and will write a novella inspired by their stories and experiences. Participants will also work with photographer Stephen King to document their experiences of unsupported temporary accommodation.
I am thrilled to be working with the Elders Company at the Royal Exchange theatre on a creative evaluation project looking at the impact of the Elders Company on members’ lives, and investigating the relationship between arts, culture and ageing.
In 2016, we launched Elders Investigate, a programme of workshops, conversations and debates. I have been responding creatively to each event – you can read my work on the Royal Exchange’s website (bottom left hand corner!), and find out more about public events here.
As part of Unearthing The Elephant, a project with artists Eva Sajovic and Rebecca Davies, building on a decade of work in Elephant and Castle, we are hosting an open discussion with an invited panel to discuss ethics, tactics and place-specificity in artistic practice, with particular reference to Elephant and Castle and its labelling as an ‘opportunity area’. Continue reading
My commission to creatively respond to Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project continues. I am working with visual artist Nicole Mollett, and we are both blogging regularly on the Creative People and Places website.
I am very excited to be collaborating with cities@manchester on Stories From The Road, a project mapping Manchester’s Oxford Road through individuals’ stories. The project is now live, and more stories will be added over summer 2015.
On Wednesday 20th May I’ll be reading a new commission, inspired by St Clement’s Churchyard, alongside five other fabulous Manchester writers.
7.30pm @ PROOF, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Free entry
Part of Chorlton Arts Festival.
I am thrilled to have been awarded a commission by Didsbury Arts Festival.
Every day, 22-26 June, I will be walking the outer ward boundary of (East and West) Didsbury, uploading a new short piece of writing to the festival website at the end of each day. Following road and river, I will stick as close to the mapped boundary as possible and consider the relationship between the line on the map and the physical lived experience of the place. I will invite a range of people to join me along the way and there will be two walks open to all.
Keep an eye on the Festival website for walk details and new writing.