Welcome to my website. I am a freelance writer, artist, tutor and digital consultant. I am one of the founder directors of Book Apothecary CIC and I work with many arts organisations, communities, schools and other artists to produce creative works in a range of different disciplines. You can find details of my publications, performances, productions, exhibitions, commissions, residencies, awards and projects below.

I work with people of all ages and abilities and offer a wide range of services including workshops, school visits, mentoring, creative digital consultancy and more. If you would like to work with me then please get in touch via the contact page, I am always interested in new commissions, projects and collaborations and I’d love to hear from you.

Publications | Exhibitions | Collections | Performances | Film Screenings | Awards | Commissions | Residencies | Mentoring, Workshops & Teaching | Digital Research & Consultancy

Publications

Books:

Self Portrait as Someone Else: Poetry: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017 |email for details |
Manifestations: Poetry: Red Squirrel Press, 2013 | Amazon | Publisher |
The Thing To Do When You Are Not In Love: Poetry : Red Squirrel Press, 2008 & 2011 | Amazon | Publisher |
Fix This Moment (co-ed. with Claire Malcolm): Non-Fiction: New Writing North, 2010 | Amazon | Publisher |
Another Voice: Poetry: Tyne and Wear Museums / Hatton Gallery, 2011 | email for details |
Voices From The Open Council: Special edition 4 poem pamphlet: Open Council Press, 2009 | email for details |

Print magazines:

Earthlines | The Penny Dreadful | Anon | iota | Envoi | Other Poetry | Orbis | Avocado | Magma | Markings | Deseeded | Drey | The Journal of the Royal Society of Engineering | Living North

Anthologies:

Weatherfronts: Climate Change and the Stories we Tell (Tipping Point / Spread the Word / Free Word Centre, 2014 & Cambria Books, 2017) | Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology (Wenlock Poetry Festival / Fairacre Press, 2014) | The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood (The Emma Press, 2014) | Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press, 2014) | Take Tea With Turing (Leverhulme Trust / Edinburgh University, 2012) | Marginalia (Jerwood / Arvon, 2011) | Gaps in the Sequence (Stemistry, 2009) | Gift (NCLA, 2009) | Lit (Newcastle Uni., 2008) | Aesthetica Annual (Aesthetica, 2008) | Sepia Souls (ID on Tyne, 2007) | Identity (Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle, 2007) | Three Trick Pony (Newcastle Uni., 2006)

Online:

New Boots and Pantisocracies | Verbatim Poetry | Bloodaxe Archive | Poems In Which | And Other Poems | Writers for Libraries | The NCLA archive  | The Common | Stepaway magazine | nthposition  | Ink Sweat & Tears | Open Council | Stemistry

Visual art:

Arctica: An Artist’s Journey to The Frozen North (The Blue Notebook Vol.10 No.2, 2016) | Prescriptions Exhibition Catalogue (The Beaney Museum, University of Kent, 2016) |   House And Flag, Ny Ålesund (Living North, 2015) | Arctic Photography (Earthlines, 2014) | Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize 2013 Catalogue (Bank Street Arts, 2013) | Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014 – 2015 (Impact Press, 2013) | Codex: Between This and That (Collective Investigations / Arts Council England, 2013) | Brass Book Exhibition Programme (Galleries Goldstein @ Goodhood, 2012)

Exhibitions

*denotes solo exhibition

2017
Thoughtful Planet, Thought Foundation, Birtley, UK
Spectrum, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Experiments with Paper, Bedlington Community Centre, UK

2016
Process, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
OOS Pop-up
Exhibition, The Sage Gateshead, UK
Prescriptions
, The Beaney Museum, Canterbury, UK
Artists in Action, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
36 x 36, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK

2015
*Arctica, Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK
*Arctica, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
*Arctica, NewBridge Bookshop, Newcastle, UK
*Arctica, Empty Shop, Durham, UK
*Arctica, Durham Town Hall, Durham, UK
The Jung Ones, System Gallery, Newcastle, UK
IDEA, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
PH1 Residency Exhibition, The New Schoolhouse Gallery, York, UK

2014
*Arctica, Free Word Centre, London, UK
Depth of Field, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Artist Book Fair, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Outside Ink, International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK
*Northern Game, The Shed, Haltwhistle, UK
Another Landscape, The Shed, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, UK
The Last Post, Cramlington Library, Northumberland, UK
*Brass Book and The Nomadic Library, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, UK
*The Talking Wall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, UK
Displaced, Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust, London, UK

2013
The Arctic Was a Poem Twisted into Rope, Centre for Book Arts, New York, USA
*Recoding the Codex, Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley, UK
Book Apothecary, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Dear Angel, Holy Island, Northumberland, UK
*Routes of Dunbar, Dunbar Station, Dunbar, UK
Returning to the Philosophers’ Table, Lit and Phil Library, Newcastle, UK
*Dear Angel, Lindisfarne Gospels Gallery, Durham, UK
Dear Angel, Globe Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Lit, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
Novel, Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead, UK
New Art of Making Books, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK
Apostrophe: Sing, Culture Lab, Newcastle, UK
Sheffield International Artist Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
*The Omnesia Remixes, LIT Gallery, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, UK
Reuse Aloud, Basic FM / Pixel Palace, Online
Bound, Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK

2012
*Brass Book
, Galleries Goldstein at Goodhood, London, UK
New Blood, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Nomadic Exhibition, various locations in UK, France, Belgium and Austria
Bibliotech, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
NE Generation Showcase, Stephenson Works, Newcastle, UK
*Apostrophe: Iranian Voices, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead, UK
Kinokophonography, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori City, Japan
*Brass Book
, Seaham Library, County Durham, UK
*Brass Book, Bishop Auckland Library, County Durham, UK
Late Shows, Lit and Phil Library, Newcastle, UK
Nomadic Village, Wolsingham, UK
*Brass Book, Wolfson Gallery, Durham, UK
A Curious Case of…, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, UK
Bound, Leeds City Library, Leeds, UK

2011
*The Secret Loves of Objects Part II: Timepiece, StAnza Festival, St Andrews, UK
*Brass Book, Town Hall, Durham, UK
Book Apothecary, Culture Lab OnSite, Newcastle, UK
Book Apothecary, various locations in Co. Durham, UK

2010
RENDER10, Floor 4, Newcastle, UK
Once Upon a Space, 25 Stratford Grove Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Cosmopoetics, Durham University, Durham, UK
*The Unit of Attention, Culture Lab, Newcastle, UK

2009
RENDER, Forth Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK
*Apostrophe, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle, UK
Open Council Residents Exhibition, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Collections

Private Collections, UK / USA | MacDowell Library, USA | University of Kent Special Collections, UK | BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Artist Book Collection, UK | Sheffield International Artist Book Prize Collection, UK | Artist Book Collective Collection, UK | Wiener Library Collection, UK | Book Apothecary Collection, UK

Performances

Spoken Word

Arctica (directed by Melanie Rashbrooke): Free Word Centre, 2015 | Live Theatre, 2015 | Durham Book Festival, 2015
Paynes Grey (produced by John Challis): Alnwick Playhouse for Northern Elements, 2013
Brass Book: (collaboration with DJ / video artist Adam Cogdon and musician Jane Lindenberg): Sage Gateshead, 2012 | Easington Welfare Hall, 2012 | Lanchester Community Centre, 2012
Thirty-Six Minute Love Affairs (collaboration with dancer Quindel Orton): Nomadic Village UK, 2012
Another Voice (collaboration with actors Ben Scwartz and Gemma Ackerley): Hatton Gallery, 2011

Poetry

I have performed my poetry at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe including: Morden Tower, The Lit and Phil, The Poetry Cafe, The Free Word Centre, ViennaLit Festival, The Troubador, Ilkley Literature Festival, Durham Book Festival, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Westport Book Festival, Colpitts Poetry, StAnza Festival, The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Trashed Organ and many others.

Script

Everymen: First Contact: Animation script for an urban game: Middelsbrough big Screen Project / Culture Lab / Northern Film and Media, 2011
Another Voice: Verse script for gallery based performance: Hatton Gallery / Tyne and Wear Museums, 2011
Fight Night: Live radio play co-written with young people from Gateshead and Guisborough: Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 2010
Act of Faith: Stage play co-written with Susannah Pickering: Stanwix Arts Theatre / University of Cumbria, 2009

Film Screenings

2017
Juteback Poetry Film Festival, Colorado, USA
Newcastle Poetry Festival
, Northern Stage, Newcastle, UK

2016
Filmpoem Sixteen
, Hague Centre, Ulvik, Norway
The Place for Poetry, Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, UK
Pop-up Poetry Film Cinema
, 36 Lime Street, UK
Jibba Jabba, Newcastle, UK

2015
NewBridge Books
, Newcastle, UK
Durham Book Festival
, Empty Shop, Durham, UK
Best of ZEBRINO
, Dotdotdot film festival, Vienna, Austria
Moose Cinema
, London College of Communication, UK
Filmpoem 15
, Hidden Door, Edinburgh, UK
Filmpoem 15
,  Stratford-Upon-Avon Poetry Festival, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
Mahu Cinema
, Hardy Tree Gallery, London, UK

2014
7. Zebra Poerty Film Festival
, Berlin, Germany
MONSTRA 14
, Lisbon, Portugal
Poetry International
, Southbank Centre, London, UK
FILMIDEO 3, Index Art Center, New Jersey, USA
Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Festival, Cork, Ireland
Filmpoem 14, Felix Poetry Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
Liberated Words, Bristol, UK

2013
Canterbury Anifest, Canterbury, UK
Encounters Festival, Bristol, UK

2011
StAnza Festival, St Andrews, UK
Biennale Internationale des poètes en Val de Marne
, Paris, France
Free Word Centre
, London, UK

Awards

MacDowell Fellowship: The MacDowell Colony, 2017
National Poetry Competition (Longlist): The Poetry Society, 2016
Grants for the Arts Award
: Arts Council England, 2014 / 2015
MacDowell Fellowship: The MacDowell Colony, 2014
Best Music / Sound (3rd Place with Swoon): Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival, 2014
Awkword Papercut videopoetry writing contest (winner): Awkword Papercut, 2014
Up and Coming Animation Talent Award (with Liam Owen): Canterbury Anifest, 2013
DepicT! awards (shortlist): Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, 2013
Grants for the Arts Award: Arts Council England, 2013
Grants for the Arts Award: Arts Council England, 2012
UK Young Artist of the Year Award (shortlist): Biscuit Factory Foundation, 2011
Studentship in Creative Writing: Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, 2011 / 2012
Jerwood / Arvon scheme for gifted and talented writers: Jerwood / Arvon Foundations, 2010
Northern Promise Award: New Writing North, 2010
Studentship in Creative Writing: Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, 2010 / 2011
Grant: S. Y. Killingley Trust, 2009
Aesthetica Creative Works Competition (Shortlist): Aesthetica Magazine, 2008
Studentship in Creative Writing: School of English, Newcastle University, 2007 / 2008
Grant: S. Y. Killingley Trust, 2007
Poetry Can First Collection Competition (Shortlist): Poetry Can, 2007
Torbay Poetry Competition (Highly Commended): Torbay Poetry Festival, 2006

Commissions

MRLA Commission (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017) | Reveal // Conceal (Bedlington Creatives, 2017) | Arctica (Durham Book Festival, 2015 – 2016) | The Old School Bell (Chillingham Road Primary School, 2015) | Weatherfronts (Tipping Point / Spread the Word / Free Word Centre, 2014) | Northern Game (Dot-to-dot Active Arts, 2014) | Bloodaxe Archive (Newcastle University, 2014) | The Last Post (Northumberland Arts Development, 2014) | Dear Angel (Festival of the North East / New Writing North, 2013) | Arctic Circle Residency (Durham Book Festival, 2013) | The Talking Wall (Wenlock Poetry Festival / Meadow Arts, 2013) | Waterwheel (~Flowmill / Royal Society of Engineering) | Another Voice (Hatton Gallery, 2011) | Brass Book (Durham City Arts / Durham County Council / New Writing North, 2011) | Apostrophe (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, 2009)

Residencies

MacDowell Colony, 2017 | BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017 | Sunderland 10 x 10, 2016 | Chandless Estate, Gateshead, 2014 – 2015 | MacDowell Colony, 2014 | PH1, The New Schoolhouse Gallery, 2014 | Ilkley Literature Festival, 2013 | North Light Arts, 2013 | The Arctic Circle, 2013 | Gateshead Mobile Library Service, 2013 | Nomadic Village UK, 2012 | Cove Park, 2012 | Live Theatre, 2012 | Dance City, 2012 | BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2011 | Hatton Gallery, 2011 | Cove Park (The Fielding Programme), 2009 | The Open Council, 2008

Mentoring, Workshops & Teaching

Mentoring
I am part of the core team for The Writing Squad, a mentoring and development programme for young writers in the North of England and I conduct mentoring for emerging book artists as part of my role at Book Apothecary, the travelling museum of artist books. I have also acted as a mentor for young and emerging visual and digital artists through a variety of projects and development programmes. Mentoring is a very powerful and effective way of developing creative practice and I also act as a mentor on a private contract basis.

Schools and Community
I have facilitated creative writing, art and digital technology workshops in schools for pupils at both primary and secondary level and in the community for people of all ages and levels experience. Much of my work in this area centres around the development of literacy skills through creative writing and visual art. I have worked with a wide range of abilities from gifted and talented pupils to those who are excluded from mainstream education with serious behavioural and literacy problems. I work with each group or school to develop a bespoke programme of activity which is designed to meet their individual needs.

Higher Education
For five years I designed and delivered Creative Writing and interdisciplinary creative practice courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the English and Digital Media departments at Newcastle University. I have also taught on Newcastle University’s Creative Writing International Summer School.

Other Tutoring
I regularly work as a tutor for the Arvon Foundation at their residential writing retreats across England and I deliver multi-disciplinary workshops from my studio in Newcastle as part of the Book Apothecary’s workshop programme.

Digital Research & Consultancy

After completing a BSc degree in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in 1999 I worked for eight years in technical and managerial roles in the automobile, energy and gaming industries. I returned to University to study for a part-time MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in 2007 after which, I began freelancing while conducting interdisciplinary creative research towards a PhD in the fields of Creative Writing and Digital Media. This blend of skills and experience means that I am able to offer a range of project management, web design, creative research and facilitation services to both academic and creative sector organisations. Recent projects include:

Spirit of Chandless: Gateshead Arts Team / Heritage Lottery Fund, 2014 – 2015
Participatory design and archive production

Hidden Newcastle: Discovery Museum / Ideonic , 2013
Writing, editing and creative digital consultancy

Returning to the Philosophers Table: Dawn Felicia Knox, 2013
Website design and digital creative digital consultancy

Ideas Take Flight: Newcastle University / British Science Festival, 2012 /  2013
Website design and production

Hexham Young Scribblers: New Writing North / Cuckoo Young Writers, 2012
Web design and editing

Making the Invisible Visible: Culture Lab / Helix Arts, 2011 / 2012
Project management, facilitation, software design

Science Communication Workshops Beacon NE / Durham University, 2010 / 2011
Workshop design and facilitation, creative writing, public engagement

Write Around the Toon: Newcastle University / AHRC , 2011
Web design, end-user training, technical documentation

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts: Newcastle University, 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013
Web design, technical, content and project management, online strategy

The Silver Web: Tyneside Cinema / Learning Revolution / SiDE and older people from Tyneside, 2010
Programme design, research, workshop facilitation

Future Options Pack: Culture Lab / Regional Youth Work Unit / Youth Advisory Board, 2010
Workshop facilitation, Content design and implementation

Write All About It: Theatre Royal, Newcastle and excluded young people from Gateshead/Teesside, 2010
Workshop design and delivery, scriptwriting, creative learning, production