Forthcoming events

Verve Poetry Festival
Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Studio, Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TB
Thursday 20 February 2020 | 7.30 – 10.30 pm
Opening Verve 2020 is a Spoken Word Night to remember – a night of nights – a Spoken Word SUPER night.
Four of the best nights around the country were each asked to bring a poet of their choosing. Word Wise from Derby, hosted by Jamie Thrasivolou, will bring Matthew Clegg. Verbose from Manchester, repped by Zoe Turner, are featuring Reshma Ruia. Milk from Bristol with host Maleika Kegode are bringing Birdspeed. Edinburgh’s Loud Poets and their host Kevin McLean will present Katie Ailes. The night is hosted by Verve’s Sean Colletti. You don’t want to miss this lively opener to the festival.
Tickets £6.50 (concessions £4.50).
Book now.

Past events

The Book Launch for A Dinner Party in the Home Counties
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX | Monday 9 December | 7.00 – 9.00 pm
I will be joined by guest poets Mimi Khalvati, Todd Swift, Rishi Dastidar and Yogesh Patel.
The event is free but tickets must be booked via this link at Eventbrite.

Verbose: Fire and Water
Freds Ale House, 843 Stockport Road, Manchester, M19 3PW | Monday 25 November | 7.30 – 10.00 pm
I read from my latest collection A Dinner Party in the Home Counties.

Lit Up Festival: Macc Stories
United Reformed Church, Park Road, Macclesfield SK11 7NA | Saturday 23 November 2019 | 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Six writers came to Macclesfield one day in Autumn, each in search of inspiration… Reading a commissioned story at a live literature project. I produced a new short story based on something related to Macclesfield and read it live at the festival.
‘Why six Manchester writers will be telling weird and wonderful tales in Macclesfield’ – Visit Manchester

National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019: Friday 1 November
Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU, Manchester
Panel participant ‘Writing in the Face of Doubt’.

The Talleyrand, 1030 Stockport Road, Levenshulme M19 3WX
Friday 18 October | 7.00 pm
Poetry reading in Levenshulme in aid of Safe Passage who are currently helping refugees find sanctuary.

Durham Book Festival: Sunday 13 October 2019 2.30 – 3.30pm
I read from and discussed our latest anthology, May We Borrow Your Country with other members of The Whole Kahani Collective, Kavita A. Jindal and Nadia Barb.
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ

This Glorious Noise:  This Glorious Noise – 2
Tuesday 13 August 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Nehru Centre | 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
Readings from: Yogesh Patel, Debjani Chatterjee, Ravi Shankar, Jessica Mookherjee, Reshma Ruia and Kavita A. Jindal.
I received my Word Masala Award for the debut collection to be published by Skylark in October.

At the Manchester launch of Arachne Press’ latest collection ‘Story Cities: A City Guide for the Imagination‘ we had readings from several of the contributors including: Sarah-Clare Conlon, Cath Holland, Dave Murray, Cherry Potts and Reshma Ruia. Story Cities is a collection of new flash fiction in multiple genres about the things you see, experience and feel in the city. This is not your usual city to one particular city, but rather to all cities, to any city…

Date and Time: Thursday 27 June 2019 | 7.00-8.30pm
Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, University Green, 146 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN

I was at the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester, on Thursday 7 March 2019 for an evening filled with readings and debate as we launched the 100 Voices, a collection by 100 female identifying authors from all over the UK.
The inspiring collection features a hundred women’s stories which were crowd-sourced and broadcast on the acclaimed 100 Voices podcast last year.

From 7 March, a book of the stories will be available for readers to support through the publisher Unbound.

Poetry Open Mic. Wednesday 6 March. Altrincham Word Fest 2019.

I write poetry to capture what it means to be human-flawed, imperfect, constantly seeking, never quite finding, never quite arriving.’

Altrincham Word Fest 2019

Verbose Manchester spoken word night at Fred’s Ale House on the theme of ‘Labels’, Monday 25 February 2019, 7.30-10.30pm.

Radio Interview with Susan Leigh on Trafford Sound, Tuesday 5 February 2019, 2-4pm.