I use poetry and creative storytelling to broaden perspectives, aiming to inspire people to see the world from different perspectives. I’m a member of the ArtsPositive creative agency, a team of writers and illustrators who collaborate with organisations to create art-for-change content and campaigns.
I have explored creativity for change through my current doctorate research, which investigates the ways in which the instability and change of cultural adaptation is negotiated through a poetry writing practice. From this research I have been creatively and critically exploring the ways in which our natural and social environments are becoming increasing unstable. Although disturbance and change are part of the natural cycle, this is now happening on an unprecedented scale, forever changing the environment in which we live. Instead of responding with fear, I believe creative projects can challenge the way we think about the constant changes around us and to consider ways in which we can build resilience through learning to respond to instability.
Stories for change projects have included:
- Disturbance Zones, a suite of videopoems that explore ways in which our natural and social environments are becoming increasing unstable.
- More Than Skin Deep, an illustrated poetry series to advocate against acid attacks.
- Right Now, I was poetry editor of the human rights journal.
Get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can develop a creative campaign.