Performance

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My writing started out in a ‘performance’ vein including performing solo comedy poetry sets at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Irish Lesbian Arts Festival. Over recent years my work has gravitated away from performance poetry towards the written page. Yet I continue to love to read my work and have done so widely around the UK and Ireland (see video clips below).

My interests in performance and performativity have led me in different directions over recent years. Through the Weather Glass is  based on a performative cycle expedition I completed in the persona of Icarus from Salford to the Greek island of Ikaria in 2010 – in an attempt to understand my struggles to respond to environmental change.  Suitably, I am currently adapting this text for this text for a multi-media art installation and performance which will tour art galleries and performance spaces in 2016. A bike will be linked to a generator which when pedalled will power a projection of photography and audio-visual recordings and…watch this space for more information!

In a similar vein, in May 2015 I commenced a collaboration with internationally renowned Obra Theatre Co, to consider whether my poetry sequence ‘variations on an urban monotone’ (from Leaf Graffiti) would work as physical theatre. Some video clips of a ten day workshop held to explore these possibilities are forthcoming. The above photos are from the research workshop held at the Au Brana cultural centre in the south of France.

Video clips of me reading my work

Two youtube videos from the  launch of Leaf Graffiti at the International Antony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, July 2013:

And an older clip from a Poets and Players reading at The Whitworth Art Gallery back in 2009.

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