Published Writing and Performances
Literary publications/prizes and performances
2000: Winner of the Gold Cup for Enfield Arts Network’s Poetry, Enfield Music and Drama Festival for poem 'The Apple Tree'; 'This Garden'
Highly Commended. These poems have been published in Enfield Writer’s Workshop writing group anthology ‘Impressions’ in 2002.
2004 :Several poems published in the Art in Essex - funded Gibberd Garden anthology in 2004.
2009: Long listed as one of the top forty entrants in an international short
story competition, the Aeon Award for speculative fiction short story 'The Firebird.'
2012 : Two poems ('Alyosha’s Shirt' and 'Crossing Continents,' published online as Best of the Rest category in the 2012 Mayor’s Enfield Poetry Competition (now archived )
2015 : Invincible and my analysis of how and why I wrote it, is
published in the Poetry Section's Own Words, Issue 163 (May 2015) Writer’s Forum.
2016: Three poems published in online form and print anthology Secrets and Dreams (www.kindfahurricaine.com)
2017: ‘Love Letter to London’ a prose piece published in Litro online magazine, 22nd April 2017.
2018 : Shortlisted competitor (one of 20) performing flash fiction ‘Peas and Love,' Spoken Word Platform, Cuirt Literary Festival, Galway City, Ireland
Invited local poet at opening night at first Enfield Literary Festival, London 22nd June 2018
2019 : Finalist (one of 23 poets) performing at Jester to the Kingdom Humorous Poetry competition, Tralee, Country Kerry, Ireland, October 2019
Poem 'Invincible' published in 'These are the Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS' Anthology, November 2019 RCGP and Fairacre Press.
The editors and publishers selected my poem one of six poems to represent the anthology for Atrium Poetry Publishers online showcase, 7th June 2020
One of the invited poets for the Royal College of Radiologists 'Pause to Create' video poetry anthology : poem Flicker and Flare, written in tribute to all new trainee doctors graduating and starting work in the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020
Ekphrastic poem 'The Distance Between us,’ published in The Wombwell Rainbow online poetry journal,August 3rd
Highly Commended for poem 'Invincible' 2013
Published in anthology 2013;
I think of the little girl
who will wear this spinal
jacket, its candy pink hardness coated with butterflies
forcing her kyphotic spine
in to conformity.
Clasped between its two halves, like a turtle shell
it will keep her protected
from the taunts of others-
These names will bounce off her new suit of armour,
like ricocheting bullets.
Inside, she starts to grow,
straightens like a sapling seeking the sun. She begins to feel
Peas and Love performance
International Literary Festival Spoken Word Platform, Roisin Dubh, County Galway, Ireland, April 2018
Click here to read my published 'Peas and Love' flash fiction piece (no pun intended!)
Video performance of my poem Invincible, These are the Hands Anthology Performance, 20th June 2020.
"The potential roles of creative writing in healthcare education: a learning journey of theory into practice."
Article in Writers in Education issue 83, Spring Edition 2021 pp 53 -55 , which is the peer reviewed journal of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
This article was written to accompany my presentation at the NAWE conference, 12th March 2021, and gives an overview of my findings from my MA Clinical Education dissertation of 2013, which was a systematic review of the international healthcare literature on the use of creative writing by and with writers and healthcare staff, in healthcare and academic settings.