I have read on several occasions at the Cheltenham Literature Festival as part of the Gloucestershire Writers' Network poetry and prose competitions. I've also read at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on two recent occasions (2019 and 2020). On the latter of these (a virtual and virtuous event) I launched my new collection Home, alongside Howard and Marilyn Timms, launching their latest joint collection Deciphering the Maze.

With local writer and musician Nick John I formed the literary duo WritersBlock, and we jointly presented a number of café and bookshop performances, including many appearances at the Peppers Arts cafe in central Gloucester.

 

Reading one's work to supportively critical groups is important to all of us in our artistic development. For seven years I have been a member of the Cirencester based Catchword writing group, which comprises poets, novelists, short story writers and memoirists.

 

I am also a past member of the Cheltenham Poetry Society. Since moving to Malvern in early 2019 I have become a member of the Spoken Word writers and storytellers group which meets every Thursday evening at the Abbey Road café.

On 4th February 2021 I was privileged to read alongside Annie Ellis and other poets at another Cheltenham Poetry Festival online event. This was the launch of Annie's new collection Nature at a Cost (Time of your Life publications).

I will be reading again at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival in September this year, 2022.