I currently teach Fiction Writing and Composition at the University of Virginia. My classes are based around readings, experimentation, building creative stamina and guided peer workshops. I am the inaugural winner of the Sydney Blair award for Excellence in Teaching.
I have taught workshops and led projects in higher education settings includingThe University of Westminster, London Southbank University and Hong Kong Institute of Education , led several term-long projects at The BRIT School for the performing arts and devised and led creative-engagement workshops for museums including London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
I also created a series of monologue writing workshops with artist Paula Varjack, which were delivered in 11 different London primary schools in 2016, for Eastside Educational Trust.
I have led writing and storytelling, poetry and performance projects for organizations including Young Vic, Battersea Arts Centre and St Christopher's Hospice.
The Cut Project (pictured left) - Young Vic. A creative oral history project, where I collected stories with my collaborator Lily Einhorn from residents of the Waterloo area and created an installation and storytelling event, where the participants performed.
Creative Circle - artsdepot.A weekly creative class for people aged 65+ which I ran for a year, exploring writing, storytelling, performance and crafts, culminating in a public sharing.
Autumn - artsdepot - A new performance work created over 6 weekly sessions with learning-disabled young adults.A collaboration with Rachel Lincoln.
Glow -Battersea Arts Centre. An intergenerational project created with collaborator Kirsty Harris, elder groups and primary school children culminating in a poetry-installation at BAC which was open to the public for 2 months.
Listen - St Christopher's Hospice
A new performance work created with students from the BRIT School and people with life-limiting illnesses based on their experiences.
Presence and voice work for writers
I work with individuals and groups who want to perform their own texts with more confidence and presence.
In 2019, I coached the University of Virginia Poetry Slam Team (pictured) as they prepared compete at the College Unions Poetry Slam, working with team members on their individual and group poems.
I have also worked with writers in preparation for literary readings. I firmly believe that delivering one's own writing well is about a set of teachable skills. I use my background in performance to work with writers on posture, voice, confidence, breaking a text into moments and connection with the audience.