Joan has wide experience teaching Creative Writing for the WEA, local authority and at university level. She teaches Poetry, Creative Non-fiction and Short Story on the Creative Writing degree course at the University of Winchester as an Associate Lecturer and is happy to be approached to teach elsewhere or for poetry commissions.
As detailed in portfolio section, I have undertaken residency work as part of the Arts Council's Millennium YOTA project. Have done some INSET work for local sixth-form college teachers, on poetry teaching as part of general literature and A level teaching. Have performed at the Nuffield Theatre and the Gantry locally, and at Waterstone's bookshop readings. (Have been support reader to Adrian Henri, U.A, Fanthorpe, Neil Astley and Les Murray, among others.) As well as my regular teaching commitments at Winchester, have also lectured on my own writing practice there. Was commissioned to write a poem for a new garden archway feature in a Southampton park - although this was not in end used; it lost out to a wisteria!Widely published in poetry magazines, including South, Staple, Obsessed with Pipework, Envoi, Poetry Scotland and the American journal Prairie Schooner. Featured poet in Peterloo Preview 3 (1994). Awarded two Arts Council grants: one as part of the Millennium Year of the Artist scheme to be Poet in Residence on Southampton Common, another to be mentored by the Next Generation poet Jane Draycott. Has performed at various local venues, including the Nuffield Theatre, individually and as part of Loosely Grouped, a trio of women poets, with Stella Davis and Lyn Moir. Has been placed, commended, runner-up or winner in various poetry competitions, including winner of two Southampton-organised ones (judges Elizabeth Jennings and Joanne Limburg), 3rd in a national Envoi competition, winner of Arts Council England South West's "Nourishment for your Mind" competition.
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