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:
"...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,
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.