Badger Watching, coming Autumn 2021
New audio project with actor Ed Yelland (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho). Two siblings go for lockdown walks in the East Anglian countryside. Stay tuned for blog updates. Supported by Arts Council England, Norwich Arts Centre, the National Centre for Writing and Creative Arts East.
Pleco, summer 2019 - present
New web series currently in development with co-writer James Macdonald.
Sick, national tour 2017-2019
One-woman show about Shey's experiences working in the NHS. Toured the UK from 2017 to 2019.
Stories with the Broads Authority, March 2017
I'm working with Simon Hooton at the Broads Authority to create some stories exploring current issues of climate change affecting the Norfolk Broads. Simon will be telling these stories at the BA's Open Day event at Whitlingham Broad on the 13th of May. Pop along for some tales, tea and tent time. Also to learn more about the magical waterland that is the Broads. It's magical. It really is.
CASSTONBURY at the Norwich Playhouse, 7th November 2016
My new show Sick, a solo show about working in frontline NHS services, had its first outing at this event in aid of mental health charity Mind and in memory of the Playhouse's technician Tristan Cass. I shared the stage with comedian Tom Allen, poet Molly Naylor and my personal hero Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho as well as a variety of other excellent acts. What a night.
Fiercest Light project with Writers' Centre Norwich and BBC Voices
We're taking poetry and film workshops into local schools and collaborating with students on poetry films inspired by the Fierce Light project, part of 14-18 NOW, for the First World War centenary. You can watch the Fierce Light films here:
Tales from the Pigshed LIVE with Head Out Not Home, 25th August 2016
Fellow storyteller Tim Lawrence and I will be performing a live version of our podcast Tales from the Pigshed on St Gregory's Green as part of NORCA and Norwich BID's Head Out Not Home series of summer events. It's fun, free and family friendly! Join us and our special guests for tales of Norwich past and present. There are open mic slots for those of you who are feeling brave...Our podcast can be found here:
Digital Poet in Residence with 1215.today and the Poetry School, March - April 2016
From March the 14th to April the 10th I blogged on themes of freedom of speech and human rights with the 1215.today team and the Poetry School. I'll also be delivering an Open Workshop on the Poetry School's online community forum, CAMPUS. Join in the discussion and the poetry scribblings here:
University of Nottingham School of Physics and Astronomy, January 2016 - present
I am teaming up with the Uni of Nottingham Physics lads, social scientist Brigitte Nerlich and artist Charli Vince to create a graphic novel that explores cutting edge research in
nanoscience. You can track our project's progress via Brigitte's blog:
INK Festival, Summer 2015
New writing festival at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk. Includes work by my long-term collaborator Tim Lawrence; and also a short play I have written called The Park, based on material and characters devised by Mini Mouth theatre company. They are ages 6 to 10 and they are theatre makers of the first water.
Supporting Communication, Autumn 2014
I was part of a scriptwriting team that worked closely with researchers at the University of East Anglia and with stroke survivors to create a short film about supporting communication for people with stroke-related aphasia.
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At night, the gargoyles of Norwich
Cathedral play cards and smoke discarded fag-ends. Gambling is frowned upon and so is done in secret. One night the Green Man lost his most precious possession, a key, to the griffin. The griffin unlocked the
side-gate and slipped away. She made a
home above City Hall. She didn’t stay;
she missed the singing.