Access Forum: Jo Verrent Thursday 2 February, 6-8pm Japan Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff For our next forum, we're welcoming a guest speaker, Jo Verrent, to talk to us about creating work, producing work, making work accessible, reaching new audiences... the list is potentially endless! There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion with Jo. The venue is fully accessible, and Sheryll Holley will be our Palantypist, providing remote live captioning throughout.If you have…See More
I grew up in the Rhondda. I’ve written poetry and lyrics since my teens. In 1969 I studied Art and Design in Bristol and then Cardiff. I moved to New York in 1973 returning in 1975 to study in Brighton where I qualified as an Art Teacher. I trained as a social worker in 1981 in Cardiff University. I’ve worked in the field of child abuse and violence for 35 years. I received specialist training to provide treatment for those suffering PTSD including armed services veterans. In 2003 I established a consultancy as an expert in the Criminal and Family Courts across the UK.
In 2012 due to work related stress and ill health I closed the consultancy and returned to photography and writing poetry. I’ve compiled a collection of poems. I received a mention in the Welsh International Poetry Competition 2015. I also became involved with other artists and writers in contributing to an anthology of short stories – A Fall into Grace - on the subject of love with my story The Choice which was published on 16th December 2015 with a launch at the National Folk Museum of Wales in St Fagans.
Projects I’m working on:
Have completed first novel; have started writing second novel as part of a trilogy. First collection of poetry "Uncertain Times" published by Octavo Press September 2016. Will be reading my work at the Wales Mental Health Arts Festival 22nd November 2016. I'm writing a play about Rhondda political figures members of my family and their reaction to the community now "News from the Valley".