Performance Poem: When You Find Her

 

First posted on YouTube 21st May 2018
I seldom write horror, but I really enjoy is when I do. When You Find Her is a warning not to trust everyone who claims to know you. Understanding is not the same as friendship.
And recording it is an excuse to break out some blue lipstick and go a lil goth.
Also available as a booklet on Etsy
£2+ patrons over on Patreon have gotten access 2 weeks before everyone else
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Lipstick Stains with Djed Press

Sometimes you forget to read the submission guidelines properly. That will almost always result in that poem you so lovingly crafted being immediately deleted because editors simply don’t have that kind of time. But. once in a blue moon it can work in your favour.

Djed Press is an online magazine publishing creative work by PoC in Australia. I didn’t notice the “Australia” bit when I was submitting so I crafted my bio and cover letter, selected my pieces and sent them off.

Thankfully, their editor Hella was not only patient enough to read my pieces, but kind enough to publish me.

You can find Lipstick Stains here.

New Etsy Booklet: The Moon

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There’s a new poetry booklet up on my Etsy store.

Back in November I posted this video

It’s one of my favourites so I decided to share the page version with you all. Like all my single poem booklets, it’s just £1.40.
Find it here
Patrons get 20% off

So That’s What She Said

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Fist published on Patreon on 9th April

Not long ago, I had the absolute pleasure of performing at That’s What She Said at TriBeCa on Sackville street. Despite living in Manchester for half a year, I didn’t even know this place existed. It’s a lovely little bar and that night, as well as That’s What She Said, they were hosting drag karaoke. As amazing as TWSS is, I have to say part of me was a little disappointed I couldn’t bust out my less-than-stellar singing voice.

After Jane got the crowd going with a little poetry of her own, the open mic set the standard for the whole night. And that standard was high. As amazing as it is to see such stellar women writers and performers, trying to do a featured set after being so thoroughly blown away is pretty daunting. I had no idea how I was going to match them.

Being on stage is always a little terrifying. There’s always the risk of your work missing the mark or of messing up the performance itself. But I couldn’t have asked for a kinder audience. The 15 minutes I had on stage flew by and part of me didn’t want to leave when my set was up.

The open mic stayed strong into the second half, with Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi and Georgina Wilding being the featured performers to close out the night. I’ve seen Afshan perform a couple times and her work is always poignant, beautiful and really funny. This was the first time I’d seen Georgina perform and I already know I’m going to want to do so again, as soon as possible. Her presence lit up the stage and I can see why Nottingham made her their first young Poet Laureate.

All in all, it was a truly fantastic night out. It more than confirmed that Manchester is an amazing place to see live literature and learn from some really fantastic writers and performers.

I can’t wait to hit up a few more events and see more of what Manchester has to offer.

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