Making It Happen
In 2010, I managed Simon Armitage’s attempt to walk the Pennine Way as a modern troubadour for his best-selling book Walking Home (2012). Imagine the (paid) fun of bartering everything needed for his 19 days over 256 miles with communities en route – and all in return for his poetry!
In 2013, I ran his walk as a modern troubadour along the northern SW Coast Path to Land’s End and the Scillies in time for an extreme low tide so that – with a bit of luck – he could walk between some of the islands to Samson. Find out whether he made it in his new bestseller Walking Away (2015).
“without her creative intelligence, organisational aptitude and enduring patience, the walk would never have got beyond a dotted line along several unwieldy maps.”
Simon Armitage, Walking Away (Faber 2015)
I also loved working with Joy Winkler and her innovative and well-received verse/drama TOWN, which toured village halls, churches, libraries and social clubs during 2013-14.
We landed press coverage in Nantwich News, Kidsgrove Times, The Sentinel, Chronicle series, Macclesfield Express (half page feature), Wirral Globe, Wirral News, Ellesmere Port Standard and twice in both The Sentinel and Chester Chronicle.
In 2008, I ran the Words on Film festival at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and received the Janet Beer Prize. I also helped to launch and/or develop audiences for community poetry projects such as Poets & Players (2004-11), Zest! (2005-08) and Fourpenny Circus (2009).
Photo: Barry Charles Hobson, used with permission.
I organised author visits and wrote rengas for Vale Royal Writers’ Group for a good many years and was part of the community team of writers for Underwych, a play celebrating the salt mining heritage of Northwich, Cheshire.
As Publicity Officer and Secretary of Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve, I helped land £5000 Awards for All funding to enable 10 local schools to celebrate the River Weaver’s wildlife through drama, puppetry and artwork, which they created with the fantastic environmental educator Creeping Toad.