I am a poet based in Lincolnshire. I write and perform gritty, real life stuff full of laughter, sadness, well, a bit of everything. The world around me is my blank canvas. I see poetry everywhere go. People are .a great inspiration. I find amazement in the mundane and magic in the daily grind of life. I never forget my working class roots and am proud to be a Northerner!
I am a fully qualified primary school teacher and studied a B.Ed (Hons) degree in Manchester in the 1990’s. I then taught until around the year 1998 when my mental health declined. As well as my teaching career, I was forced to give up my musical career, singing with the Halle choir in Manchester and playing and singing in various folk groups and an Irish Ceilidh band. I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.
Many years followed where I battled with my mental health. I married and had a son, but sadly my husband died. Then fairly recently I decided to start writing poetry seriously. I feel that my life has provided me with a wealth and depth of emotions and experience which colour my poetry and inspire me to create. Life is a technicolour feast if you choose to see it that way.
Now I devote my time to caring for my Autistic son and writing and performing poetry for spoken word.
Speak Out Scunny is the spoken word open mic night that I organise at Cafe INDIEpendent, in Scunthorpe, once a month. For more information see the menu at the top of the page.
The host of Speak Out Scunny, Jim Higo, also hosts an open mic night in Hull called Away With Words. This runs on the third Thursday of every month at the Off the Road Live Lounge, Spring Bank, Hull. More information can be found on the link at the top of the page.
If you are interested in either mine or Jim’s poetry, my books, or fancy coming to one of the open mic nights please feel free to contact me through this website or through any of the links on the contact page.