Some Upcoming Gigs:

September 28th/29th: Various things for the Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull, including solo sets at the Kardomah, a gig for Radio 5 Live and Radio 3’s The Verb and a show called Queens of the North with the Hull collective of female writers Women of Words. I’m joined by wonderful Withernsea women the Ruby Reds for my solo set- they’re going to burlesque dance to my poem about them! Here they are on Britain’s Got Talent: Ruby Reds

October 6th: Manchester Literature Festival, October 9th, Ilkley Literature Festival: Chairing Sarah Millican’s book event. Chuffed to be chatting to my friend about her book.

October 7th: With Union Jill, performing our show Letting Off Steam in Kettleshulme, Cheshire.Details.

October 11th: Cheltenham Literature Festival alongside other Burning Eye poets. Details here: Book.

October 14th: Joking Aside Workshop at Ripon Book Festival (2-4pm). Book here.

October 26th Stable Mates– Poetry Cafe, London. Reading with other Burning Eye poets. Hosted by Jill Abram.

October 14th, Ilkley Literature Festival, October 18th Beverley Literature Festival, October 27th, Sheffield Off the Shelf Festival. Jane Austen commission. New work about the author, alongside Dalit Nagra, Marina Lewycka and Jake Cuttle.

Details here: Ilkley Book. Sheffield Book Beverley Book

November 8th: BedSlam, Bedford. Details here.

November 16th, White Rose, Book Cafe Thirsk: Launch of Chronotopia- details tbc. White Rose

November 23rd, Birmingham Waterstones, Launch of the Best Poetry Book in the World (Burning Eye Books): Details here

November 30th, Worksop Library performance. With Andrew Graves. 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£6. Details here://



Recent Gigs. What a random variety. 

20th June 1pm. Grassington Market Place. Grassington Festival. Poetry set with a Firm of Poets. Free.

21-25th June– Writer in Residence at the WORD (National Centre for the Written Word), South Shields. Details Here

22nd June. 7.30pm: Hosting Poetry Slam as part of my residency at the Word Centre in South Shields. £5.50. Also feat. Kirsten Luckins, Sky Hawkins, Steve Urwin, Jenni Pascoe, David Jarman, AJ McKenna. Book: Details here.

1st July. 1.30pm. Bradford Literature Festival- chairing a Dr Who event! Based on Richard Dinnick’s book. Event details here.

23rd July-10.15 am: Newspaper panel at Deershed Festival alongside Andy Burnham, Nick Ahad and Rosie Wilby.

30th July. 3pm- Jesterval Festival Newcastle.  Comedy material from my recent Radio 4 series. Details and booking here.

10th and 12th August. 9-10pm.  Guest spots at”She Grrrowls”, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Venue: Venue 239 – The Street, Basement Lounge, 2b Picardy Place, Edinburgh EH1


Plus Morecambe Festival Fringe, Lakes Alive Festival Kendal, Appledore Book Festival and Poetry to the People gig, Wakefield Literature Festival in September.


Generally I’ve been doing few fewer gigs that usual because I’m handing my PhD in in the autumn. But I have comedy material on the go from the Radio 4 series and the show below, and poems from my new book from Burning Eye Books, Chronotopia. Also auto ethnographic material from my PhD- which often overlaps with the above. Oh, also a comedy set about autism and gender. I’m a good panel guest, facilitator and host too. Book me!


file-page1The above is a flyer for my second Radio 4 series (Which became The Price of Happiness).