As for many creative people in 2020 I have been working hard, trying to adapt quickly to the times, hitting the ground running. I have created new work, applied for funds, continued to write, perform and share work with audiences in new ways, and worked as a creative facilitator as much as I can. Every day I walk in the hills where I live near Todmorden, West Yorkshire and this connection with the land has sustained me. During this year my long-standing relationship with nature as a wise and nurturing force has become more and more interwoven in my work as a creative and as a facilitator. I am proud of what I have done, what I have made and how I have survived – work I possibly never would have done outside these strange times. However times continue to be challenging. Many have been so encouraging and supportive of what I do. Because of this I have created this page for anyone who would like to support my work in any way they can. Obviously I am not alone – as a creative, or as a self-employed and casually employed person who falls through a range of nets, or as someone who has little spare cash to throw at anyone else! If you are in a position to – and it seems like a good thing to do with your hard-won cash – here are a few things you can do to support my work if you would like to. Thank you very much
Buy a ‘Words in the Wild’ pamphlet
This pamphlet contains all the poems from ‘Words in the Wild’ – the live event I created this year. They are the recent pieces I am most proud of and have been most engaged with this year, touching themes of landscape, memory and mortality. If you have been on the event – or if you haven’t – you can enjoy the poems on paper or purchase as a gift for others. £5 + £1 p&p. See this link for more details and/or email me to order.
‘Your poems are beautiful, you say so much in a few words.’
Some may remember years ago I used to make colourful fleece cushions, scarves and snoods. Well this winter I have returned to this former trade, focusing on the current need for face coverings. Colourful, cosy fleece snoods – a tubular scarf and pull-up face covering in a range of colours and designs. £8 each or 3 for £22! See the link for more and to order.
Words in the Wild
This live performance of my poetry in the landscape really hit the zeitgeist in providing calm, connection with nature and reflection this summer and autumn. It drew people from Lancaster, Wakefield, Bradford and Manchester as well as local folks in Todmorden and Calderdale, and has shown what is still magically possible in terms of safe live performance. It can still be experienced this winter with current restrictions in new ways.
1. Make It Yours
Currently in Tier 3, for the time being ‘Words in the Wild’ is only possible for groups of up to 5 (+ me). Therefore over winter I am offering it as a booking for closed groups only. Create your own group of up to 5 family or friends and book me for a unique shared experience with one another, the landscape and poetry. The land remains beautiful and can be even more magical these winter days. I am available through December and January including some time during the holiday period. (A lovely thing to do then!) Minimum £75 per group including 1 pamphlet. See the link for more and email me to discuss/arrange.
‘It was magical today. I loved the places we went, the moment of calm at the beginning and of course the poems. I also really appreciated all your care and attention to detail regarding Covid and other safety measures.’
2. Bringing the Outside In
Get a group of friends together on Zoom for a unique shared at-home live online performance of ‘Words in the Wild’ (including photography and film of the landscape) or other of my performative work. If you like I can also facilitate your own party pieces or personal open mic afterwards! Winter’s coming but you can still get around the fire/computer and share poems and magic. See this short poetic film for a taste. Email me for prices and to discuss and arrange.
The Wheel of Nature Writing Workshop
This new venture in online facilitating brings writing and nature together in an online drop-in workshop every Wednesday afternoon. It has been going well since September with people popping in from all over the world! There is one before the end of the year Preparing for Midwinter – Weds 16 Dec. A nice thing to do for the end of the year if it takes your fancy. If you’ve never been before your first one is free. Each session stands alone. It continues in the new year. After your first it’s Pay As You Feel £10-£15. See the link for more and to book.
‘Lovely deep experience, thank you’
Buy a Gift Voucher
An idea given to me by someone who wanted a special gift for a friend, Gift Vouchers can be cashed in against any events or products I am organising myself including ones coming up in the future. Buy a gift voucher for another – or ask someone to buy one for you! A £10-£15 voucher will buy one ‘Wheel of Nature’ workshop, a place on ‘Words in the Wild’, or a couple of pamphlets! The amount can be to any value you like. Email me to purchase – or redeem!
Buy me a Ko-fi
If none of the above appeal, this is a straightforward, free, friendly way to support my work directly for the price of a virtual cuppa (or more than one) if you would like to. You can make a small donation (£3), follow my work more closely and see new work before I put it elsewhere. There will be new poems, photos, films and blog posts. You can also commission poems for loved ones. See this link or the ‘Ko-fi’ button at the bottom of every page of this website.
Please spread the word
If you know my work as a writer, performer or facilitator and have appreciated it, please spread the word. Word of mouth publicity is the best there is. If you read your emails, I send an email bulletin out every couple of months, so not too spammy. I will be putting this on Mailchimp soon for extra ease and security. If you would like the occasional one from me, email me to get on the list. Or follow, share and ‘like’ as below…
Thank you very much for your support including reading this far.
All the best