about…

as a professional Writer, Performer  & Storyteller …I am passionate about communication that inspires and leaves a lasting impression.

Currently, I am writing stories, scripts, poems, and performing my work in various gigs around Birmingham and the West Midlands. I am associated with Writing West Midlands through their Room 204 development program – which I joined as an emerging writer for their 2013/14 cohort. Some of us will be showcasing our work soon at the Birmingham Literature Festival in October.

My latest short story The Last Word was published in the 2017 Spring/Summer edition of Popshot Magazine – click here.

I am also deveoping my comic skills on a stand-up comedy course which will be showcasing this October and filming the role of Blind Dave’s mum (when he was a child) in the inspiring true life story of local Brummie Dave Heeley in ‘Seven Days‘.

I am a full member of  both British Actors Equity and The Writers’ Guild.

Click to view my Spotlight CV

profile

Originally from London, now based in the West Midlands, I combine my love of the spoken word with the written word. Since training in playwriting at University of Birmingham I tell stories through scripts and oral storytelling, as well as short stories and poetry.

As an actor, as well as filming for 7Days, I played the leading role in a short poetry-film, premiered as part of Disappear Here Festival in Coventry(Spring 2017). This collaborative project is now up for a national poetry award. 

Arts Council funded projects in the last 3 years have included my time as Writer/Storyteller in Residence for the Voices from the Ashes project (see here) and project assistant and regular guest storyteller for The Mee Club at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry (see here).

If you browse through some of the headers at the top of this site you will see the various projects in which I am currently involved…

what I do

Over the years I have gained a diverse and wide-ranging toolkit of professional skills which include the following:

writing stories, poetry and scripts for theatre & broadcast

performance as an actor and spoken word artist

editing & proof-reading services

true-life storytelling and workshop leader

coaching performance & presentation skills

helping others to tell their own stories

training

I began a professional training at LAMDA with an acting career in London; then a first class hons degree in theatre, film and television drama from University of Bristol (graduating 2001) work as a business journalist in London and Manchester before taking a MPhil in Playwriting from the University of Birmingham (graduating 2009)

 

early theatre credits

The pictures in the gallery on this page show the story of where I started out. They include performing some fantastic roles in:

regional repertory theatre, touring companies, community theatre, London’s West End, the Edinburgh fringe, Chichester and Pitlochry Festival Theatres, television, voice-overs for television and film including Clash of the Titans (2010) and a peppering of BBC radio dramas.

 

contact

I am based in the West Midlands and work in the Birmingham, Coventry, Worcester and London area, by appointment.

You can reach me with any comments or questions on my gmail account: inspire2speak@gmail.com

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