I am a former journalist and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, a scriptwriter for both adults and children, producing original interactive children’s theatre for a variety of settings. My adult plays have appeared as part of Tribunal 12, Europe in the Dock, for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and in regional theatres. My most recent play is a farrago on today’s political landscape. I am co-director of Chalk Circle Theatre Company and founder and co-organiser of Words and Women, which supports and celebrates women writers in the East of England, I co- produce and edit an annual competition anthology of contemporary new writing.
Artistic Director of Wymondham’s Great War, a HLF 12 school World War 1 commemoration project.
I am passionate about developing imagination and a love of story in children and young people, using my theatre practice to encourage creative writing. I have written and produced a number of original interactive theatre experiences for children and for many years devised and delivered workshops for children and young people, working for a number of agencies with all forms of creative writing and theatre. For example, as script editor working with children on Creative Arts East’s Big Idea project which won the BFI’s best drama over 12s and best live action film 2011 (under 12s). I run children’s creative writing workshops and clubs, as well as drama and film workshops, play in a day and word orchestras, (verse plays with a lyrical, Greek chorus.) A new initiative, Walk, Talk, Create, involves exploring the environment with imaginative activities, including original interactive stories commissioned for Norfolk County Council’s Walking Festival in October. I am one of Norfolk County Council’s award winning Artists for Climate Change Collective.
I won the Theatre Prize at the University of East Anglia and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award to take the MA in Scriptwriting at the UEA. I am a winner of the Penguin/Decibel Prize for Life-Writing, and have been awarded an Escalator to creatively explore the history of unmarried mothers and been shortlisted for other awards, my work has appeared in Elbow Room.
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