Please see below for details of my poetry collections, plays and memoir.

I am an experienced speaker, and am available for readings and talks about my writing life.

These can include:

   + Reading from my poetry collections and talking about the background to the poems

   + Talks about my playwriting and extracts from the plays

   + Talks about the role of Derbyshire Poet Laureate with poems about Derbyshire

   + Saying Yes: a talk about facing challenges, and the rewards of leaving your comfort zone, with excerpts of my writing


I have delivered talks and readings in many contexts, including theatres, writing groups, reading groups, community groups of all kinds, after-dinner gatherings, WI, Wellbeing Groups, Women’s Groups and many others, and am happy to tailor events to your own requirements.







Something the Heart
Can't Hold

Fighting Talk

Poems inspired by anger, conflict, intimidation, but never resignation.


The Sky, Head On

Laureate Lines

Still Breathing


I have written a number of commissioned poems for organisations including Derby Quad, Derbyshire County Council, Sheffield Bank Street Arts, CILIP, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Arts Development Group, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and Belper Poetry Trail.


A selection of commissioned poems

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Many thanks for your fantastic poetry. I know that we all enjoyed listening to you and were very pleased to have your support at our event. -GG, DCC-



Always in the Afternoon

Originally produced as a prizewinning monologue by New Perspectives, and performed at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham and at Aslockton – later developed, and an extract showcased at Curve, Leicester, with the fully developed play performed script in hand at Derby Guildhall Theatre in 2011, directed by Tilly Branson.


Performed at Create Theatre, Mansfield in April 2015, dir Chris Neil, produced by Palace Theatre Mansfield/Write Track.+ REVIEW

Just Cuckoos

Produced by New Perspectives, directed by Theresa Keogh, performed at The Old LIbrary Theatre, Mansfield, and at Gotham Memorial Hall, in July 2016.

Short Plays



In collaboration with composer, James Redwood, I wrote the libretto for the oratorio, More Glass Than Wall, about the life of Bess of Hardwick. It was performed at Hardwick Hall, Derby Assembly Rooms and Buxton Festival.
I also worked with six Derbyshire schools, with pupils who contributed songs for the final performance and creative writing for the book and DVD, More Glass Than Wall. The piece was nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Year Award.

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More Glass Than Wall

My Memoir

I am currently in the process of writing a memoir, having received an Arts Council England Time to Write Award in 2015. An interview about my writing this was featured in The Daily Mail in November 2014.