Exploring Feminism, Family, Social History and our connection to our world through the written and spoken word.
I am fascinated by People, Culture and Place. By what connects us, what divides us and what angers us. By how we can change the world by listening to the stories of the many and helping those who feel lost, find their voice. I am inspired by change makers, peace keepers and humanitarians. I am inspired by the notion of home, both in the domestic and the global sense. What does it mean to belong?
I create work with and for people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
I trained as an Actor at Manchester Metropolitan University over ten years ago. This last decade has given me the opportunity to explore the actors relationship with the audience. I increasingly want to work in a way where there is no boundary between myself the performer and the audience. I also wanted to make work instantly accessible and community focused. Storytelling seemed like a natural path to take. I love the instant bond that I have with an audience and the simplistic nature of the storyteller. I love the fact it is portable and you can take it anywhere. I love the fact it is steeped deep in our history of humanity, much deeper than that of the written word. Storytelling is a wonderful vessel for creating an equal platform for sharing and that is the world that I want to inhabit. One that is open, respectful and tolerant. So whether you are young or old or that place in between, whether you’re figuring out what you want to be when you grow up or if you’re living the dream and whether you can speak or hear or see, storytelling is for you.
I work with Z-Arts, Manchester Art Gallery and am part of Emily O’Shea Company
Current collections include Little Feminist Folklore, 7, Flick’s Greek, Black Shuck, Stories and Songs, and Grimm. Find out more here
I write stories, plays and poems, sometimes I mix both of these together into my work. I am interested in folklore and mythology, a woman’s place in the world and the natural world. I have written plays about mothering, the Holocaust and elderly care.
I have contributed to 100 Voices for 100 years collection, written the text used in On the Border and have been commission by the Pankhurst Trust to turn testimony gathered by Manchester Women’s Aid into a folk tale. I also have written Wild Wonder, a storytelling podcast by Stitch. A company I run with Tom Barry. I have written Together, a poetry pamphlet for families.
Creative Community Practitioner
I run workshops in Storytelling, Creative Writing, Movement, Puppetry and Shakespeare for EYFS, Key Stage 1 an 2, Adult learners and Older Adults. I have run workshops with Tatton Park, Z Arts, Manchester Art Gallery and NCS. A popular school’s workshop is The Class Story Book.
I also teach voice both to individuals and in organisations. You can learn more about that here.