I work on both stage and page, and have performed my poetry at festivals, theatres, pubs and pavements around England, North America and Japan.  As well as delivering solo poetry performances, I also perform poetry-music fusions (otherwise known as pongs) with singer-songwriter Benita Johnson, under the name of Yaffle.  You can read, listen to and watch some of my poems and pongs by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page.  Here are some of the things people have said about my poetry: 

 “Her sparkling witty poetry is continuing to wow audiences on the performance poetry circuit.”   ~ Three Tuns Poetry

"...poignant yet sultry and stirring, complex and sweet."  ~ Everton Hartley                       

 “She glides and canters over hills and vales of words leaving a landscape of language hanging on the wall of your mind.”  ~ Mal Travers, Acoustic Night

"Like Ani DiFranco on steroids." ~ Bob (happy audience member at a Yaffle performance)



In Print and on Disc

I published my first volume of poetry, Verbatim, in June 2003, releasing a second edition the following year.  I have also had poems and short stories published in a number of compilations and magazines, including: And This (Young Woodchester), More Words in Edgeways (The Cromwell Press), Kansai Time Out, Pedestrian Poetry (Streets Alive!), Fusebox(Rattapallax), The Hole Magazine, City: Bristol in Poems and Pictures. (Paralalia), and The Daily Exploit.  In September 2006, I released my first solo poetry CD A Metal Plate in A Microwave.  Click on the picture below to order a copy of this for £6.  (You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page this link takes you to.) 

My second solo poetry CD is Ghoti and Other Fauna.  E-mail me to buy a copy for £6 + 50p postage and packaging.


Yaffle's first EP is called Howling at the Moon. Please e-mail me, if you'd like to purchase a copy of this for £5 + 50p postage and packaging. 


Performances

I have performed my work ...

at bars, arts centres, theatres, parks and pavements in the U.K.: Oxford Playhouse; The Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter; The Mitre for Oxford Poetry Weekend; Richmond Park, London; The Folk House, Bristol; Rada Foyer Bar, London for Farrago; Queens Square, Bristol for Refugee Week; The Arnolfini, Bristol; The Thunderbolt, Bristol; Star Anise Café, Stroud; Bristol College Project for Bristol Biennial.

at festivals: Cheltenham Festival of Literature; Cheltenham Science Festival; Bath Fringe Festival; Ashton Court Festival, Bristol; Ladyfest, Bristol; Glastonbury Festival; Latitude; Wychwood Festival; Larmer Tree Festival.

on the radio: Radio Bristol; Commonwealth FM, Bristol; Ujima FM, Bristol; Stroud FM.

abroad: Café Calibre, Osaka; Mukugowa Festival, Osaka; Cornelia Street Café, New York; Galapagos, New York; Young Chicago Authors, Chicago; Heartland Café, Chicago; Vancouver Poetry Slam; Thundering Word Heard, Vancouver.

on the web: My MySpace site (Please note that this site is now archived and messages sent here will not be received); the Poetry&Words Youtube site; The U.K. Poetry Podcast site; Milly Chowles' Bards and Beats documentary.



Glastonbury Poetry Diaries

In 2010 I was commissioned, by BBC Radio Four to write a short poetry-play set at Glastonbury Festival.  The play was co-written by myself and Pete Hunter and also features work by top poets Andreattah Chuma, Hollie McNish and Dreadlockalien.  As if that wasn't enough, you can hear some fine West Country musings on the many manifestations of mud by Bristolian Paul Vallis!  Glastonbury Poetry Diaries has been aired several times on BBC Radio Four and you can read more about it here.

 



Please E-mail me to buy a copy of my latest solo poetry CD, Ghoti and Other Fauna or to order a copy of Yaffle's EP, Howling at the Moon.