Writer. Artist. Producer.
Work for performance includes Pale Blue Dot (2018), Revolutions (2015), Yalda (with Roya Amiri, 2015), The Whitsun Weddings (2014), Euphoria (2012) and, for Hull Truck, Ballroom Blitz (2012), On A Shout (2008), Sully (2006) and Kicked Into Touch (2005).
For E52, he co-produces Heads Up Festival, produced in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. He co-founded arts venue and E52’s base The Other Space (subsequently Kardomah94) in 2013. He founded long-running theatre development night Scratch@Fruit in 2010. He was a founder member, in 2003, of Hull Truck’s Blockheads, which developed and explored skills in writing for the stage.
He has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of organisations, including the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Sheffield Young Writers, HIVE, Hull Truck and the University of Hull. He led Hull Truck’s successful PlayWrite course from 2011. He was script consultant on Cascade Arts’ Dickens-inspired interactive storytelling project Open Threads (2012) and, with Matt Stephenson for Collaborate, Create, Engage and Future Ferens, he co-created the Gypsy & Traveler mixed media exhibition To Be Able To Pull Up and Sit and Have a Chat Around The Fire (2012). He has introduced and compered many Humber Mouth and Head in a Book literary events and other arts events. He is a producer on the BBC’s poetry and spoken word festival Contains Strong Language, has sat on the steering group of the Forward Arts Foundation‘s National Poetry Day, been a regional chair of national arts movement What Next? and co-ordinated the UK’s National Writing Day. He frequently works as a dramaturg and new writing mentor.
As a journalist, he wrote countless articles for a host of publications. He was a theatre critic for The Stage and whatsonstage.com, arts correspondent for Artscene and a regular contributor to The Big Issue in the North. He was a lecturer at Hull School of Art & Design from 2009-2014 and, from 2016, worked for First Story, whose programmes in secondary schools help young people find their voices and realise that their voices have value.
Euphoria was the first recipient of the Larkin 25 Arts Award. Short play On Your Marks (2011) was the first Cultural Olympiad project in Yorkshire to be awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 programme. Meyer-Whitworth nominee On A Shout was awarded an RNLI commendation.
He is currently involved in the development of several new pieces of work, exploring the creative potential of protest posters, slogans and sonic art and anxious about the use of the nomenclature ‘artist’.