I’m a writer and a producer/director of arts projects. I have written on a wide variety of subjects over the years, though I now mainly focus on my specialist areas of culture, community and the urban environment. My writing is very much influenced by my arts programming work which is focused on participatory and socially-engaged practice. I’m orginally from Birkenhead in Merseyside, spent most of my adult life in Liverpool and have subsequently lived and worked in London, Bradford, Leeds and Hull.
Outlets I have contributed writing to include: The Guardian, The Big Issue, Metro, New Statesman, Art Fund, FACT magazine, drownedinsound.com, a-n Magazine, Engage journal, Museum Practice, Liverpool Biennial, Museums Journal, Liverpool University Press, Arts Professional, Aesthetica, Clash, Mute, Amelia’s Magazine and Flux.
I was the Project Manager and one of the Editors of Stories from the City 2008 – a collection of new writing about Liverpool. I have also contributed to several books and exhibition catalogues and had short fiction and poetry published in numerous outlets.
I’ve managed arts and heritage projects and programmes for over ten years for organisations ranging from FACT, Tate Liverpool and The Tetley to National Museums Liverpool, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Metal Culture, as well as self-initiated projects.
In addition, I have delivered lectures, talks and workshops for organisations including Leeds University, Liverpool John Moores University, Engage, the Institute for Education, the Museums Association, Leeds College of Art and the Arts Council of Wales.
You can also view Urban Transition, a separate site dedicated to my work around culture, cities and regeneration here.
I am always interested in new commissions, especially in relation to the subjects mentioned above, and in making contact with people interested in similar fields. You can contact me here.