Writing & Photography
I’m pleased to be continuing my work as Writer-in-Residence with Open Eye Gallery which is celebrating its 40th year. I am organising a Writing and Photography programme of events from June – December thanks to a public engagement grant from the University of Liverpool and also the support of the Centre for New & International Writing
Writing & Wellbeing
My work as Poet-in-Residence for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust continues in 2017 in its fourth year; this work is delivered in partnership with North End Writers. As well as continuing to support the Mossley Hill Writing Group, an active writing group with 13 members who use older adults services, I am delivering courses at The Life Rooms and organising a big event for National Poetry Day and looking forward to delivering a short series of writing workshops across the Trust, including work with members of Spring House in Crosby. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to extend work within this project – and have Maria Isakova Bennett working with us as a Writing & Poetry Tutor.
In January 2016 the Mossley Hill Writing Group launched their book Snow Capped Mountains & Black Bears which can be ordered for £5 from North End Writers (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) and in Autumn we launched the booklet Still Life.
Poetry & Photography
I am able to continue my work as Writer-in-Residence at Open Eye Gallery thanks to a public engagement grant from the University of Liverpool and the support of the Centre for New and International Writing
I have been supporting Tony Mallon – the Winds of Change project – part of Culture Shifts with women from Northwood in Kirkby. I am also continuing collaborative work with Aj Wilkinson and have recently interviewed the artists exhibiting in Affecting Change. Click on the following links to read the interviews:
2016 has brought the wonderful opportunity to work as Writer in Residence with The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool following on from a Liverpool University LiNK placement with them. Its a role also supported by and linked to The Centre for New and International Writing in Liverpool University where I’m studying for my PhD in Creative Writing. This has opened up new ideas and possibilities in giving me the chance to interview artists and discuss new and emerging work which started with the Pieces of You exhibition.
Pieces of You was a thoughtful exhibition of work by new and emerging artists, finely curated by Thomas Dukes. It offered provocations and ideas to help us to look at and think about photography as a way of examining memory and loss, as a way of making sense of the past, as a means of recording objects and moments of human experience, as a complex process of making, as a way of conveying information, as a stillness, a place of contemplation in contrast to the body and sculptural practice.
The Open Eye Gallery continues to show us the art of photography as challenging and philosophical, intimate and remote, as a way of communicating ideas and documenting absence, capturing ephemeral moments and bearing witness to love.
This work at the Open Eye Gallery also offers me an opportunity to develop creative writing workshops with local residents and interested writers in response to exhibitions and develop my own writing in new directions..