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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National Writers’ Conference 2019

On Saturday 22 June, I attended the National Writers’ Conference hosted by Writing West Midlands, at the Bramall Music Building on the University of Birmingham campus. It was a very thought-provoking day of panels, keynote speakers, and networking breaks; a chance to mingle with writers, friends both old and new. Here, I write a few words on the panels I attended, and the interesting insights I gained throughout the day.

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