I’m a writer and an arts producer. I’ve written about a variety of things over the years, though I now mainly concentrate on my specialisms around culture, community, class and place. My writing is influenced by my arts programming which has a focus on participatory and socially-engaged work. I’m originally from Birkenhead, 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, Drowned in Sound, a-n magazine, Engage Journal, Museum Practice, Corridor8, Social Art Journal, Liverpool Biennial, Museums Journal, Liverpool University Press, Arts Professional, University of Manchester, Aesthetica, Clash, Mute and Flux.
I’ve led arts and heritage projects and programmes for over ten years for organisations ranging from FACT, Artlink Hull and The Tetley to National Museums Liverpool, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Metal Culture, as well as self-initiated projects. I’m now Lead Cultural Producer North for the British Library. I am a recipient of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education for my community based work.
I’ve contributed to several books and exhibition catalogues and had short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry published in various outlets.
In voluntary roles, I was Vice Chair of Creative Case North, exploring and promoting the Creative Case for Diversity in the North of England, from 2018 – 20 and 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 the University of Leeds, Liverpool John Moores University, Engage, the Co-Creating Change Network, the Museums Association, Leeds Arts University and the Arts Council of Wales. I received an Art Fund curatorial grant to research socially-engaged arts practice in Detroit and Chicago in 2016.
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.