Rommi Smith is a poet, playwright and performer who works to fuse spoken word with music.
She has held a series of high profile, prestigious creative residencies with organisations ranging from The British Council to the BBC.
She was Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, Poet in Residence for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and British Council Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles.
In 2007 she was appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence, employed by the House of Commons and based in the Palace of Westminster. Her role is the first appointment of its kind in history. She researched and wrote an education pack, downloadable from the Parliamentary website, to coincide with government legislation regarding the teaching of Slavery and the Slave Trade within schools.
Rommi is currently Poet in Residence for Keats' House in Hampstead, London.
Rommi has written extensively for BBC radio and for theatre. Commissions include: Paines Plough, Pentabus Theatre, BBC Radio 4's Fact to Fiction, Afternoon Drama and Woman's Hour slots and BBC Radio 3's The Verb, In Tune and Late Junction programmes.
She has written, performed and discussed her work on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Fine Lines and Poetry Please! as well as BBC Radio 3's Late Junction and The Verb.
Rommi performs her work nationally and internationally, at festivals such as the Guinness Jazz Festival. She performs both solo and in collaboration with musicians.
Rommi is skilled and experienced workshop leader and facilitator. A trained secondary school teacher (PGCE) Rommi has lectured in Creative Writing at Leeds University for 13 years. She teaches for the ARVON Foundation and is a Creative Practitioner for schools as part of CAPEUK's Creative Partnerships Programme.
Rommi's forthcoming collection of poems, Mornings and Midnights, is due from Peepal Tree Press. A chapbook of selected poems from the collection was selected as Poetry Book Society Choice by the Poetry Society.
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Rommi's work is strongly located in Performance, equally rooted in poetry and drama, with a strong track record of stage and radio production. This work is marked by its verbal and dramatic inventiveness and its creative and political integrity. I have always been impressed by how grounded Rommi's creative practice has remained throughout her career. She clearly has the talent and opportunity to develop a high profile performance career, as her CV will testify, but she consistently chooses to work at grassroots level - working with, as well as for, the diverse communities of interest and identity which inform her work.
Her track record in devising and collaborating creative work across genres, including playmaking, is an impressive roll call of long and short term, perceived 'high' and 'low 'status residencies and any organisation should count itself privileged indeed to have that experience and commitment at its disposal for the duration of this post. Rommi will give - and get - at least 110% to the task. She is an inspirational teacher and colleague who understands and works with the routines and requirements of teaching in higher education while never losing sight of the creative and humane purposes which underpin it.
I have worked with Rommi for just over 12 years, since she joined the Creative Writing course team I coordinate, first for the School of Continuing Education and more latterly for the Lifelong Learning Centre. When you meet Rommi you will see that she is an exceptional creative practitioner and teacher.
Lifelong Learning Institute
School of Education, University of Leeds
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