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November 17, 2018

I've only gone and started up another spoken word night. 

Hell, yes, but of course. My famous friend Ali shuffled up to me a few months back and said he had a vision for a new night of live literature. I could see the gears churning inside his mind as he toyed with the...

August 8, 2016

What a tick-tock, wheely-whizzing, turnabout summer we’re having; it’s equal parts all over the place and nowhere at all. But things are a-happening and its high time I scuttled back through it all and gathered some of my recent updates and highlights together under on...

March 27, 2016

Back in the heady days of 1997, my drama teacher Dad ran foul of the local churchgoers of Preston after he decided to stage a theatre show which gender-bent the holiest of holies. The full story of how Jesus became Jessica is the subject of my creative non-fiction piec...

September 13, 2015

In a first for me, one of my recent stories has been podcastted on the excellent Tapes & Tales. It's another outing for 'Broadcast of the Foxes' which was previously published in issue 13 of Structo Magazine, making it my most successful story evar I think. The lo...

September 5, 2015


Last Thursday, nestled in a secretive room of a secretive bar, I was delighted to be able to launch a shiny new live literature endeavour: Speak Easy. A stripped-down and simple spoken word night for the people of Stretford in south Manchester, Speak Easy began l...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in November 2014


Spoken word evenings succeed or fail at the hosting. A good host will have the right levels of charisma, control and coordination, while a bad one will drain, irritate and frustrate an audience and can often derail a whole event. Typ...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in July 2014


This week, at The Big Slam event at 24:7 Festival, I performed a new story called "I Didn't Want This, I Didn't Ask for Any of This" - a three minute 2nd person perspective anxiety tale of cinematic existential woe. The whole piece was d...

August 11, 2015


Originally written in May 2014


This Wednesday gone I took to the Bad Language stage, introduced up by host Fat Roland as a 'veteran' of this particular event. That I am: I was among the first writers to grace BL's microphones way back when they first opened them, four...

August 9, 2015

Originally written in December 2013


Down the past five years, performances at spoken word events have been a regular feature on my calendar and I've seen the full range of performances from the incredibly moving to the incredibly drunk, from the cockiest poet to the mo...

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