“ ... ” ‘Occasionally a poem speaks to someone in a way that touches a raw spot. As well as the Blake poem, Fleur Adcock’s poem Immigrant appears to have had a particular impact ... Two of the poems for children were singled out for praise : Who Dat Girl by Valerie Bloom and Passion Fruit by Anneliese Emmans Dean.’
Poems of mine have won prizes in national competitions, been broadcast on BBC radio and published in magazines ranging from Woman’s Weekly to the New Statesman. My poems also appear in my Kindle e-book, Rhymes of the Times 2010, and in my bookBuzzing!, published by Brambleby Books in 2012 (with a Foreword by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust). Buzzing! was nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.
I have been commissioned to write poems by a wide variety of individuals and organisations, including the BBC. For example, The Radio 2 Arts Show commissioned a poem from me for World Poetry Day 2010, which I performed on the show live, in the company of Roger McGough. (Listen to my poem) Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour commissioned a poem for their 2010 New Year’s Eve show. (Find out more) And when the first female Poet Laureate was appointed in May 2009, the BBC commissioned me to write a poem (or two) to mark the occasion. (Read these poems)
I perform my poems in shows at theatres, festivals, conferences, restaurants and schools up and down the country. Find out more
My poems are also used across Britain in a variety of projects, including:
Composters’ Question Time York Rotters have been commissioning work from me since 2007. In 2011, my eco-musical Compost! The (mini-)Musicalwon a Garden Organic Innovation Award. In 2012, Rotters asked me to come up with something for one of their volunteers’ training days. This was the result:
Apple Day Celebrations I enjoy devising community events where everyone can join in making poetry. One such event was Apple Day at St Nicholas Fields/York Environment Centre.
The Clerks Songbook In 2009 I was commissioned by the acclaimed early music vocal group The Clerks to write two contrafacta for their ‘Clerks Songbook’. These were contemporary lyrics to be sung to Renaissance melodies. The first performance took place at Kings Place in London in September 2009. More
Poems for ... (previously known as Poems for the Waiting Room) Poems for the Waiting Room does what it says on the tin – it provides poems to be put up in waiting rooms in hospitals, GP surgeries, dentists etc.
“Poems for the Waiting Room is an inspired scheme, which combines two of poetry's sacred powers: to be entertaining and salubrious. I've been delighted to be a part of it.” Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate
A number of my poems are used in the project. More
International Compost Awareness Day, 2007 I was commissioned by York Rotters, who work to promote composting in York, to write and perform some poems and worm charms for International Compost Awareness Week in May 2007. More
A healthy eating campaign in Southend, Essex To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2006, all the staff at Southend Hospital were sent a copy of my poem Passion Fruit. This was part of a healthy eating initiative to encourage staff to eat fruit as a snack. An accompanying cake was made in the shape of a heart, decorated with fruit. More (pdf)
National Poetry Day, 2006 To celebrate National Poetry Day 2006, Tri Arts, the Arts and Humanities department at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, worked with Graphics students from Falmouth College of Arts to produce A3-size poems to be displayed as posters in wards, public spaces and waiting areas. The students chose to create a poster of my poem Passion Fruit. View the poster (pdf)
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