I'm a Spoken Word Poet, Writer and Creative Educator with 20 years professional experience. In this time, it's been my pleasure to share my work in many different situations from Back Alleys to Auditoriums and most of the places in between. I started off at Open Mics and Slams, graduating to Feature Slots and Touring Shows and have evolved into a socially engaged writer and performer with a particularly wide range of styles, themes and voice.
In performance I aim to represent the genes of Oral Tradition in all it's generations from Storytelling through Modernist Poetry, Hip Hop Lyricism, Spoken Word and some as yet unthought of Proto-Post-Linguistic-Acoustic-Audio-Sound-Speak (PPLAASS for short!) (Word!).
On the page I like to bring the dynamics of how I would speak a piece to the written text. A theme I explored in my anthology Skintight the Sidewalk (2008). My performances are innovative, original, challenging and tender by turns Through out this journey it's been my good fortune to work freelance in Creative Education, inspiring and engaging young people to empower themselves through their creativity. I was awarded the role of Young People's Laureate for Wales 2013-16. As YPL I developed and delivered nation wide poetry projects and events, advocated for the importance of young people's voices being heard and represented Wales internationally.
It's been a pleasure to deliver collaborations and commissions in a wide variety of contexts, with many different artists, and for many different organisations, including Literature Wales, National Theatre Wales, The British Council, Apples and Snakes, Urban Word NYC, La Generale D'Imaginaire (France) and Holy Land Trust (Palestine).
In every session of work I have ever undertaken, whatever the context, group or audience size, I have striven to deliver my work to the highest professional standards and the best of my ability. I love working with people and sharing meaning with them, and I never miss a deadline.
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