Onto Something New…

Back in February, I had my last shift as a guide in Shakespeare’s Birthplace. I’d been in this position for over a year, and while it was a wonderful experience that taught me so much, I felt it was time to move onto something new. It was time to hang up the Tudor dress, and move into a role that would become the start of a career in creative programming and event coordination.

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Overhear Walking Tour

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the Overhear Poetry app and Ben Waddington from Still Walking Festival, to develop a walking tour which combines an exploration of the city centre with a live poetry experience. Part guided tour, part poetry reading, and part writing workshop, the event was premiered over this past weekend, with a trial run on Saturday 26 October, and the real event on Sunday 27 October.

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Award-winning ‘Bella’ film!

Over the past year, members of Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers have been putting together a short film about the Bella and the Wych Elm story, inspired by the poems in my pamphlet, Bella. The docu-drama, also titled ‘Bella’, was a project spearheaded by Ann and Arthur Fletcher (pictured above), who brought their film-making expertise, hard work, and dedication together to produce a beautifully crafted film.

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Overhear Commission!

A while ago now I was approached by Overhear Brum, and commissioned to write a poem as a part of their second season of hyper-local poetry. In the run up to Birmingham Literature Festival, Overhear are releasing 12 newly-commissioned pieces by local poets, focusing on 12 indie venues around the city. My poem, ‘The Beating Heart’, inspired by Yorks Cafe on Stephenson Street, is one of these new pieces.

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