Upcoming Events


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Photo by Pete Jones

Archived Events

  • 'Using the Arts in Research' (performance, talk and workshop, with Carol Rivas and the Collaborative Poetics Network), The Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, Sat 9th March 2019.  
  • Collaborative poetics presentation and workshop for the University of Brighton's Creative Research Methods Lab, supported by Creative Futures  Tue 6th Nov 2018.  See this blog post for a review.
  • 'Using Collaborative, Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience (workshop, performance and talk, with David Norbury)  Mon 24th Sept 2018 for the 4th Community Psychology Festival.  
  • 'How the Arts Can Change the World (Again)' (Talk and discussion for Brains at the Bevy) The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF, Wednesday 18th July 2018
  • 'Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience' (Talk and discussion), University College London, Wednesday 4th July 2018
  • 'Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience' (Talk and discussion), University of Cambridge, Monday 18th June 2018
  • Carnival of Invention: Art and Research for Social Action.  University of Brighton, Falmer Campus.  For more information go to the event website.  Friday 15th June 2018
  • Elderflower Fields Festival (spoken word performances and workshops, with Dommy B, Francesca Beard, Steve Tasane and Katrina Quinn) Sat 26th May and Sun 27th May 2018, on the Wow Pow! stage
  • 'An Artist, a Participant, and a Social Scientist Walk Into a Bar... Creating Collaborative Poetic Autoethnographies,' workshop and talk at the Voicing Experience Conference at University of Sussex. 11.30-13.00 Friday 16th June 2017.
  • 'Beyond Discipline(s): Craft, Creativity & Communication in Social Scientific Research' - Opening remarks for TECHNE-funded workshop series on Undisciplined Methods, Wed 31st May 2017, University of Brighton.
  • 'The Struggle Is Real' spoken word/research show, with Simon Banderob, Emily Carson-Apstein, Tanya Evanson, Amy Iliza, Cat Kidd and Xander Macaulay-Rettino and Matt Shi.  Mainline Theatre, Montreal, Sunday August 14th 2016. $2 entry (all proceeds to the Old Brewery Mission.)
  • Seminar talk on the innovative combination of EEG and interview data in the context of creativity research, University of Brighton's Falmer Campus on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
  • Presentation on performative social science at the Bath University symposium, Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics, Tuesday 17th January 2015.  Read about the symposium here.
  • Presentation on performative social science at the University of Brighton on Wednesday 10th December 2014.
  • Yaffle and solo performances at The Camden Head, London on Monday 1st December 2014.
  • Presentation of '"I Will Tell You Something of My Own" - Promoting Personhood in Dementia Through Performative Social Science' at 9th U.K. Dementia Congress  on Tuesday 11th November 2014.
  • Invited talk and workshops on 'Evaluating the Impact of the Arts on Well Being and Personal Growth' at Kirklees Bibliotherapy Conference on Wednesday 29th October 2014.  Click here for the full programme. 
  • Yaffle performances and compering at Larmer Tree Festival.  Thursday 17th - Sunday 30th July 2014.
  • Yaffle performance at the launch event for "I Will Tell You Something of My Own" at Lansdown Hall Gallery, Stroud on Friday 6th December 19.30-21.30.

  • Presentation on "I Will Tell You Something of My Own"  for the Winter Psychology Research Symposium at University of Gloucestershire's Francis Close Hall Campus on Thursday 12th December.  

  • Solo and Yaffle performances at Larmer Tree Festival 18th-21st July on the Lyrical Lostwood stage.

  • Solo performance for a post-Glastonbury chill out with Benita Johnson and Poeticat at the Lockkeeper's Cafe/Bar in Stroud on 7th July.

  • Yaffle performance for the Poetry&Words stage at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday 30th June.

  • Two solo poetry performances at Cheltenham Poetry Festival, including one at the festival's closing party on 28th April, at Copa.  Other acts included the very wonderful Hollie McNish and the bare chested poetics of Mark Niel.

  • Poetry hosting and panel discussions, Folk Alliance, Conference, Toronto, 20th-24th February 2013.  Click here for more information about the phenomenon that is Folk Alliance.

  • Yaffle performance at the Lockkeeper's Cafe, Stroud on 27th January.  This event was a benefit for Age UK and also featured singer/songwriter duo, The Peeky Blinders, the verdant verse of Peter Wyton and the marvelously melifluous Benita Johnson.

  • Solo poetry performance for Lead Poets on Tour at Meantime, Cheltenham on 23rd November.  Other poets who performed included Adam Horovitz, Myfanwy Fox and host Sarah Dxon.

  • Yaffle performance at OMG, Bristol for the ShoutOut Fundraiser, Break Out, on 8th September 2012.  The show was aired live on BCfm (Bristol Community Radio).  You can listen to a podcast of the show here. (Scroll down and click on the recording third up from the bottom of the page.)

  • Solo poetry performance at Nympsfield Village Fayre on 1st September 2012.

  • Conference paper presentation (focusing on digital poetry in youth slam and spoken word) at the Mix Conference on 17th July 2012.

  • Poetry workshops, compering, solo poetry performances and Yaffle performances on  the Lyrical Lostwood and Social stages at Larmer Tree Festival, July 2012.

  • Yaffle performance on 1st June 2012 for Bristol College Project, as part of their Bristol Biennial Festival.  Click here for more about this event.  

  • Solo poetry performance for Crispin Thomas' night All You Need is Fluff, at Star Anise Cafe, Stroud on 12th November 2011.