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For Books' Sake

I’m Deputy Editor at For Books’ Sake, the UK webzine dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women with news, reviews, essays, features, interviews and a programme of rather good live events

Short Stack available now: Pulp Press and For Books’ Sake have teamed up to bring you a collection of the best new pulp fiction short stories from the most savage, brutal bunch of broads we could find on these fair shores. We serve up a delicious stack of hard-bitten tales smothered in sweet revenge and a dollop of pure weirdness, delivered by a limey waitress with an eye patch and a snarl.

Read My Mind And Dance For Me @ NEWK 14.07.12
Pic is of myself and Carrieanne Vivianette sharing work in progress at NEWK, LAB (Live Art Bistro), Leeds. NEWK provides an opportunity for artists to share new and unfinished work to an audience and take part in a Q&A session to get what we felt was invaluable feedback. The aim is to develop this piece into a durational work. You can read Carrieanne’s thoughts about it over on her blog. 
Much love and thanks to The Skeleton Project (who organise NEWK), the team at LAB (if you haven’t been there, you are missing out: art, performance, music, conversation, dancing, the odd bit of blindfolded boxing and crumpets) and the amazingly talented Ellie Harrison for being a supportive host artist that night. 

Read My Mind And Dance For Me @ NEWK 14.07.12

Pic is of myself and Carrieanne Vivianette sharing work in progress at NEWK, LAB (Live Art Bistro), Leeds. NEWK provides an opportunity for artists to share new and unfinished work to an audience and take part in a Q&A session to get what we felt was invaluable feedback. The aim is to develop this piece into a durational work. You can read Carrieanne’s thoughts about it over on her blog

Much love and thanks to The Skeleton Project (who organise NEWK), the team at LAB (if you haven’t been there, you are missing out: art, performance, music, conversation, dancing, the odd bit of blindfolded boxing and crumpets) and the amazingly talented Ellie Harrison for being a supportive host artist that night. 

Grapheme, a new durational work, debuted at (in)Xclusion and was then performed at MPA Open in Berlin.

(in)Xclusion= 24 hour live art occupation /25-26th Feb 2012 / Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds.

MPA Open = 48 hour live art binge / 11th-13th May 2012 / ACUD, Berlin

I answer questions about Grapheme, exclusion and the project going forward: Written on the Body.

For documentation and/or questions, contact me.

I’m Your Man premiered at 3MT, Manchester 16th-17th March (review)
Cast: Gemma - Alex Herod // Sam - Suzanne O’Brien // Jason - Christopher Faith
The debut production from Curious Fly.

I’m Your Man premiered at 3MT, Manchester 16th-17th March (review)

Cast: Gemma - Alex Herod // Sam - Suzanne O’Brien // Jason - Christopher Faith

The debut production from Curious Fly.

Eight Cuts Presents: The New Libertines

Monday 23.1.12, 3MT, Manchester

I read a new piece of text entitled Nabokov and Plastic Rocks.

Eight Cuts: The New Libertines: 3MT

A fantastic night watched over by Dan Holloway and featuring a cracking line-up - reviews can be found here and here.

RAGE ACTIONS: Hour Zero

RAGE ACTIONS: Hour Zero // 23.7.11, Bradford Uni Theatre In The Mill

A collaboration with Nick Kilby and Carrieanne Vivianette as part of TiM’s Open Space scheme. The piece meditates on the contemporary theory of mimetic viral infection, Reich’s theory of trauma resting within soft tissue and the necessity for theatrics within religious ritual. The showing was followed by a Q&A chaired by TiM artistic director, Iain Bloomfield.
 

Top image courtesy Vicky Trueman, bottom image courtesy Poppy Johnson.

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Me (right) and Carrieanne Vivianette (left), reading our 4 part story Four Day Creep at For Books’ Sake presents: Books & Blues at Chorlton Arts Festival, 20.5.11
Four Day Creep was written specifically for this event - four interlinked short stories about female blues artists and the female  experience as explored in blues music, each taking place at the start  or end of a train journey.

Me (right) and Carrieanne Vivianette (left), reading our 4 part story Four Day Creep at For Books’ Sake presents: Books & Blues at Chorlton Arts Festival, 20.5.11

Four Day Creep was written specifically for this event - four interlinked short stories about female blues artists and the female experience as explored in blues music, each taking place at the start or end of a train journey.

The Tall Man

A documentary theatre project developed and directed with Prof. Noel Witts, working with a group of 3rd year students (Contemporary Performance Practice, Leeds Met).

Source material: The Tall Man, Life and Death on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper.

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Stories to Tell

Stories to Tell is a 15 minute one to one performance encounter exploring the notion of 'Performing the Writer'. Performed 16 times over one day, September 2010.

The texts used drew on the different ‘voices’ I use when writing, and explored the use of written material in, and as, performance.

Some thoughts on the piece (written during my MA Performance Works at Leeds Met)

Hazard MMX: Reaction (Critical Writing Collective)

Hazard MMX: Reaction, was the first writing project to run alongsige Hazard MMX, Manchester’s micro-festival of incidental intervention and sited performance, presented by hÅb and greenroom. The micro-festival took place on Saturday 17 July 2010 and offered strange occurrences in unexpected places around Manchester city centre.

Critical Writing Collective invited 5 northern based writers to respond to the festival and these texts were published online. (Click for my ‘reaction’: Stream of Self-Consciousness; you can also view the others on the site).

Eye, The Spy // Leeds Festival 2009

I developed a relational site-specific performance project to take to Leeds Festival, to roam the campsites from 11pm. Drawing influences from Lacan, Sartre, The Pied Piper, vaudeville and surrealism, we wanted to spectate the spectators (and also try to get people involved with the DJ stations which are effective in reducing crime at the festival by keeping people entertained in the twilight hours). A group of 8 versus 80,000 revellers was a tough task, but it was a very memorable experience for all!

Performers: Adam Young, Becki Griffiths, Marina Demetriadis, Liane O’Toole, Carrieanne Vivianette, with thanks to Sorrell Waldie.

Pictured: Becki Griffiths

Photos courtesy Caroline Bonser