I’m a writer and an arts producer. I’ve written on a range of subjects over the years, though I now mainly concentrate on my specialisms around culture, community and the urban environment. My writing is influenced by my arts programming which is focused on participatory and socially-engaged work. I’m originally 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, The 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’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. I am currently Creative Director of Artlink Hull. I am a recipient of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education for my community related work.
I’ve contributed to several books and exhibition catalogues and had short fiction and poetry published in numerous outlets. I was also the Project Manager and one of the Editors of Stories from the City, which was a collection of new writing about Liverpool in 2008.
I am currently Vice Chair of Creative Case North, exploring the creative case for diversity in the North of England, and I was Chair of Cultural Collisions Hull, the strategic group of Hull based cultural organisations, from 2017 – 2019.
In addition, I have delivered lectures, talks and workshops for organisations including Leeds University, Hull University, Liverpool John Moores University, Engage, the Institute for Education, the Museums Association, Leeds College of Art and the Arts Council of Wales. I received a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant to research socially-engaged arts practice in Detroit and Chicago in 2016.
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.