DARK STAR

 

I am a fire-worker

I swallow flames

I trap light in my gut

In my heart

In my veins

I transform light into

darkness

I black-luminesce

I am a fire-worker

I swallow flames

Welcome! I am a poet, artist and musician based in the Midlands, UK and editor of Crowstep Journal. My poems have been published internationally and I am the author of two books: The Glass Puddle (Vole, 2021) and Night Swan to Nigg (Cromarty Arts Trust, 2022). In 2021 I was a commissioned poet for UK City of Culture and shortlisted for Dartington Trust's first poet in residence award by Alice Oswald. I am currently poet in residence at the University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences, helping to promote women in science (Athena SWAN initiative) and the arts in science (STEAM).

I have also performed and written songs with the band Satsangi for 20 years. We have collaborated with and supported many artists and musicians, have been broadcast on radio (BBC) and TV (MTV), featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone and have travelled internationally to share our music. Our music videos are filmed and produced by Paul Windridge who has exhibited and screened worldwide. 

 

Originally trained in the visual arts, I hold a 1st class honours degree and MA in Fine Art. I continue to work with mixed media and collaborate with artists on projects that integrate my poems in new and unusual ways. As an extension of my creative work, I also support poets through my coaching service The Poetry Den.

IMAGE (bottom right): on the BBC Big Screens in cities throughout the UK.

 

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