I am a poet, performer and educator specialising in environmental, wildlife and conservation themes. My first collection of poetry, 'Creatures of the Intertidal Zone' (Cinnamon Press), was inspired by my journey through Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the footsteps of an intrepid eleventh century female Viking, and one of the central themes is the impact of climate change on the Arctic and sub-Arctic. 'Where the Air is Rarefied' (Cinnamon Press), my latest collection, is a collaboration with visual artist Pat Gregory on environmental and mythological themes relating to the Far North.
I regularly perform my work at literary and environmental festivals throughout the UK, and have been one of the resident poets on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. I have also been poet-in-residence for BBC 2’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, while my overseas bookings include Turku and Tampere Universities in Finland, the Toronto Summerworks Theatre Festival and the Adelaide festival Fringe.
As an educator, I have more than sixteen years’ experience of running Wild Writing Workshops, coaxing people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the natural world and environmental concerns through poetry. I have facilitated workshops at Universities, primary and secondary schools, and for a wide range of events and organisations including WWF, Friends of the Earth, the Dark Mountain Project, Bristol Big Green Week, the Fort William Mountain Festival and the Green Party’s national conference.
Cardiff & Pembrokeshire
Projects I’m working on:
My third collection of poetry, Skindancing, themed around human-animal metamorphosis, is due to be published in March 2015. I am currently starting to work on devising a theatre piece to accompany the launch of the collection. This, too, will focus on human-animal metamorphosis and our dys/functional relationship with the wild.