Welcome! I am a writer/artist & musician based in the Midlands, UK and editor of
Crowstep Journal. My poems have been published internationally and I am the author of The Glass Puddle (Vole, 2021) and Night Swan to Nigg (Cromarty Arts Trust, 2022). My poem Reticulum which will be featured in my next collection, was recently shortlisted for the 2023/4 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Originally trained in the visual arts, I hold a 1st class honours degree and MA in Fine Art. I continue to work in mixed-media which enables me to share my poems in new and unusual ways as well as through traditional publishing.
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. In Oct 2022 I was appointed as poet in residence at the University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences, where I have been helping to promote women in science. My forthcoming book which evolved from this residency is due for publication next year with Pindrop Press. My writing life also involves delivering creative writing workshops to schools, universities and community groups and 1:1 coaching through my service: The Poetry Den.
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. When not creating on dry land you will find me in water.