Writing & other projects

I’ve been shortlisted for the Myriad Books First Edition competition, won the Spilling Ink short story prize, had writing published in The Manchester Review, The Kenyon Review, 3am Magazine among others. My play ‘Trust’ was staged at the Gulbenkian Theatre in 2020. Two of my plays were staged at Folkestone 48 at the Quarterhouse in 2020. My poetry has been published widely including Selcouth Station, Foxglove Press, Off Menu Press, Queerlings, (Im)possible Performances & Custom Labs. In 2021 I received the Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice award. From 2020 to 2021 I was Dear Damsels’ ‘Damsels in Distress’ creative advice columnist. I am the editor of two upcoming anthologies published in 2022: ‘So Long as You Write‘ (Dear Damsels) and a Write like a Grrrl/FBS anthology (Grind and Bearing)

SO LONG AS YOU WRITE

(pub June 2022) Dear Damsels

This collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry also includes advice and encouragement for writers of all kinds. Edited by Kerry Ryan, founder of Write Like a Grrrl and Dear Damsels contributor, and featuring essays from Luan Goldie, Marianne Tatepo, Jane Claire Bradley and Sara Jafari, it is the perfect place to turn for a reminder that it doesn’t matter who is reading it – so long as you write.

AntiDiary

// writing for our times //

The Antidiary: Writing For Our Times is an online platform where contributors write diary entries that are shared with the world.The Antidiary is a forger of connections, a space for emotional freedom, an online connection with a new humanity, and an archive of our times.project

This project, hosted by Folkestone Fringe, is part of the “MagiC Carpets” Platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This project has generously been supported by Arts Council England.

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MODERN NATURE

In 2020 took part in a film project charting the 21 months spanned by Derek Jarman’s journal from January 1989 to September 1990. The resulting film, made by brilliant filmmaker Clare Unsworth, reframes the words of Derek Jarman within the contemporary landscape. (Funded by Creative Folkestone).


Counting Women

Pale moons, burst balloons, they are ashen on the Zoom call.

How’s everyone doing? I ask. The feedback echoes for eternity.

I’ve been writing poems, Magda says. Me too, says Frances.

Rosie Delaware has not stopped since the news came in.

What else to do with all these feelings? Lita says. I can’t sleep.

It’s the same on Tuesday night, Wednesday, all day Thursday.

Their eyes bloodshot from constant doomscrolling.

It’s where I used to live. Across from my old school.

I worked with her once. I knew her best friend.

I see them shiver, sniff but by Friday, I see only her:

young, happy, talking about moving to Margate

over Pinot Grigio bought from Brixton Sainsburys.

Hummus and a pot of sunblush tomatoes in her bag,

a steel water bottle and a ticket for a festival in Spain.

Poems? How can poems help? Ally asks, face a mourning mask.


Published 2021 Selcouth Station