The
art of joy




I focus on joyful art projects – my current biggy is Good Chance's The Walk, which will be the most joyful art project in support of refugees ever!

I've got eighteen years' experience in arts charities (World Monuments Fund, Arvon, English PEN, Good Chance) and sustainability/design (Abel & Cole, Here Design and Futerra).

I also write and lead playful workshops in creative writing, movement and serendipity.


My offer:


Arts projects and fundraising
From idea generation to project management and fundraising, my work involves supporting Good Chance, the Theatre of Hope that collaborates with refugee artists to connect communities, stories and cultures – and discover joy and creativity, and laughter, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Writing commissions
I've worked as a copywriter and design writer. I wrote a playful book about punctuation, This Is Me, Full Stop (Penguin), co-authored book about Stress (Sheldon Press), and wrote another one about Keeping a Journal (Sheldon Press). I researched and ghost-wrote three books for Thames & Hudson: Herbarium, The Grammar of Spice and An Anarchy of Chillies. I've written for Abel & Cole, Futerra, Here, London Business Forum, McKinsey & Company and Pearl Group, amongst others. My writing has appeared in Poetry Review, Guardian, BBC Culture, Wanderful, POEM, Ambit, Butcher's Dog and others.

Creative workshops
I lead fun writing, movement and serendipity workshops. I've created sessions on topics including Friendship, Disappointment, Laughter and Not Knowing. I've led workshops for Write & Shine, Street Wisdom, Normal? Festival of the Brain, Southbank Centre, Wilderness Festival, Free Word as well as many schools, refugee centres and prisons.


Volunteering:


Street Wisdom
I lead Street Wisdom sessions - free 3-hour creative walking workshops on street corners – getting people back into their bodies and finding fresh answers to old problems from the world around them. I'm also Street Wisdom's Poet-At-Large!

Living Words
I'm an associate of Living Words, the arts and literature charity that listens to people living with a dementia, or experiencing isolation, so that they can enjoy free expression and share stories with friends, family and carers.


Previous projects:


Write & Shine
I've led writing workshops for Gemma Seltzer's incredible early-morning writers, on topics such as Friendship and Laughter.

Words Into Song
In spring 2021, I co-devised and led a series of 'creative writing for songs' workshops with epic singer/songwriter/composer Helen Chadwick.

Wild Goose Writing
During lockdown, I led a series of embodied writing workshops, using the 'soft animal' of our bodies to explore and write.

Advanced Disappointment for Beginners
Co-created with Retta Bowen a fun workshop investigating this undersung hero of the emotional cabinet.

This Is Me, Full Stop
Co-created and wrote a book for all ages for Penguin about the secret lives of punctuation marks with epic designer Caz Hildebrand.


In Spite of Asteroids
My unpublished poetry pamphlet was awarded in the Pighog Press/Poetry School prize.

Walking Piece
Performed in Matthias Sperling's Walking Piece, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance, exploring community, connection and the dance of walking.

Punctuate Your Life!
A creative punctuation workshop to get people playing with the tiny marks we use everyday but rarely think of – including making up new ones! Produced as part of Folkestone Triennial.

Creative Writing for Yogis
Ran a yearlong series of creative writing workshops for people who regularly attend a yoga centre near me. Included creating new poses, imagining animals, and the art of relaxing.

A Little Larger Than The Entire Universe
Co-devised and performed dance piece inspired by Fernando Pessoa and Felix Baumgartner with dancer and teacher Timothy Taylor at Conway Hall, London.


Life Writing (with Nude)
I devised and hosted a creative writing workshop at the Southbank Centre with a nude life model.

Returning To Writing / Poetry in Detention
Devised and managed projects bringing creative writers together with returning soldiers in Andover and people in detention centres in London and Dover to help create new stories for the future.

Rain of Poems
Poetry commission for Casagrande's Rain of Poems event in London. My poem, When Sheep Turn Their Backs To The Wind, was translated into Spanish and bombed out of a helicopter with 99 other poems.


Memories Group
Ran a yearlong series of memory making and art workshops for older patients of a local NHS clinic. Involved singing a song from the good old days each week!

Staying: Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories
Co-created a sound event (in the dark) with Oreet Ashery and Artangel at Free Word, London, exploring alter egos, love, and the asylum process.

Witness
Helped manage the installation of Antony Gormley's "empty chair" sculpture in the British Library forecourt, to mark the 90th anniversary of English PEN. You can sit on it!


Keep Me Posted
Devised and hosted Keep Me Posted letter writing workshops and Letter Writing Club Night at Free Word, London.


Recently published:


I Wake to Walk and When I Walk I Dream
from Wanderful (Unbound, 2020)

I wake to walk and when I walk I dream.
High five leaf! Landing back on my feet,
What the street is, is not what it seems.

All roads lead to the Rome of the heart.
I couldn't curb my enthusiasm for kerbs.
I wake to walk and then I walk my dream.

The word street has the word tree in it!
Someone says God says I’m going to hell.
What the street is, is not what it seems.

You never step in the same street twice.
An old man eats an ice-cream with a flake. 
I dream to walk and when I walk, I wake.

Something is hidden in every moment.
Here, a girl is laughing behind a lamppost.
What the street is, is not what it seems.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us 
Are looking at it, wondering what it means.
I wake to walk and when I walk I dream.
What the street is, is not what it seems.


Call me:


Get in touch for more arts development chats, creative walking and writing workshops and new writing commissions.