I’m a writer and performer, working across media: poetry, prose, performance, science, and spoken word. I’m most inspired by the big questions of the day and the small moments that link us all. I feel at my most creative when blending music, sound, text, light and movement in live performance, or when building an imagined world, peopled with relatable characters, engaging with the big issues of today.
I also perform/record my writing and the work of other writers. I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to several festivals, both for writing and for theatre in Australia, UK and USA.
I’m committed to arts development and inclusivity in the community, and run workshops on playwriting, on poetry writing for children in schools, on transcreating work across language and culture, adult creative writing classes, and sessions to help writers perform their work at readings and events. I work closely with Afeif Ismail transcreating his poetry and plays into English.
I have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia (UWA), researching representations of science in performance and writing a full-length performance work. I am current an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA. I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Botany from Imperial College, London. Amongst other positions held, I’ve worked as a project co-ordinator for Out of the Asylum Writers (WA), as a financial officer for indigo journal (WA) and festival co-director for The Arts Catalyst (London), an organisation that I co-founded with Nicola Triscott in 1993.
I was honoured to be invited to the following residencies:
Artist-in-residence, Bush Retreat for Ecowriters (BREW), Blue Bucket, Murringo, NSW, 2019
Invited artist at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, California, USA, 2015 [ http://djerassi.org/ ], and recipient of the Anne and Rodney Pearlman Fellowship
Writer-in-residence at The Arts Catalyst Science Art Agency (supported by a WA Playwrights Development Initiative Award), Aug/Sept, London, 2012 [ http://www.artscatalyst.org/ ]
Playwright-in-residence Cummins Theatre, Merredin, WA, supported by Stages, 2013
Writer-in-Residence, Peter Cowan Writers Centre, ECU campus, Joondalup, Oct-Nov 2011.