Public Engagement & Writing
2010 to 2014
Hospice life-story scribe (St Peter & St James Hospice). I developed this service following a near-death experience.
Essays & public reading: New Pathways: Psychogeographies of Lewes (Uni of Sussex/REFRAME): ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’; ‘Song of Ourselves’; ‘There Are No Unsacred Places’. The last of these was an account of my year-long and public response to an act of vandalism, an essay which impressed locally and led to my Pells residency.
Life-writing & public reading: True Tales from the Old Hill (The Frogmore Press): ‘The End is No End’: My account of a birth, death and near-death opened this collection of ‘exceptional new life writing’.
2016 (from May)
Residency: Writer-in-Residence, Pells Pool. Embarked on Wild Patience: Laps in Longhand, a public mile of writing on lido- length scrolls. Gained wide and positive press coverage.
Fiction: Unpsychology Magazine, ‘The Weather House’. Short story & illustration.
Feature: Oh Comely Magazine, ‘Laps in Longhand’. Commissioned feature on influences of ancient Japanese haiku writers such as Basho and Kenko in my Wild Patience project, with 5-page photo feature.
Talk: ‘Spirit of Place: Building soul & making art in the Here and Now’ (Unpsychology Launch)
Talk: ‘Libraries, life-stories & other lo-fi ways to create a sense of place and belonging’ (National Lido Conference) Talk: ‘Fear of the blank page to a mile of longhand: Building a lasting artist’s practice’ (Magazine Brighton)
Seminar: ‘Diaries of the Outside: The urban journals of Annie Ernaux & Tanya Shadrick’s Wild Patience Scrolls’
A joint Centre for Life History & Life Writing and Sussex Centre for Language Studies event with Prof Lyn Thomas, introducing the concept of the ‘journal extime’ as pioneered by the prize-winning Ernaux, and now extended further by my use of writing as a public performance.
Editor: Watermarks: New Writing by Lido Lovers & Wild Swimmers (The Frogmore Press)
University of Sussex (Education & Professional Experience)
1993 to 1996
First-generation entrant to Sussex from a single-parent household in an isolated rural community. First in English Literature.
1996 to 1997
Awarded a full AHRB-funded place for Masters in 20-century Literature. Graduated with Distinction. Dissertation reflected my lifelong interest in public art-making and the ‘aesthetics of the person in public’, focussing on the early documentary GPO films of Grierson & Jennings and the socially-inclusive radio productions of D G Bridson & Olive Shapley.
1997 to 1998
Awarded Graduate Internship in Publications, working on the University of Sussex prospectuses.
2000 to 2008
Head of Undergraduate Recruitment, responsible also for Widening Participation.
2008 to 2012
Project Manager, Communications