1st July, 12-2pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge. “Re/writing Gender: a practical writing workshop”. Responding to the groundbreaking work of Claude Cahun. Open to all, free.
14th July, 2-4pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge: “Claude Cahun and Hebden Bridge – what next?” Performance, exhibition and discussion featuring work by local artists in response to the “Beneath this Mask” exhibition. Open to all, free.
16th July, closing date for submissions to A Poem and Pint Poetry Competition, judged by Clare Shaw
17th July, 1.45pm, Radio Four: you can listen to me and my poetry on "Self Harm Nation", part of Radio Four's "Hacking Happiness" series.
20th July, 7.30pm Chorlton Library, Manchester. Guest reader at Manchester Poets, free.
22nd July, 4.30pm, Radio Four: catch me reading my poem "I Do Not Believe in Silence" on Radio Four's "Poetry Please".
25th July, 7pm, Gullivers, Manchester. Guest Reader at “Bad Language”, the twice-winner of UK Best Spoken Word Night. £5.
6th-11th August, Arvon Lumb Bank Writing Centre. “Starting to Write: Finding your Writing Map”. A five-day residential course offering new ideas and approaches to writing. With co-tutor novelist James Friel.
6th September, 9.30-5pm, Human Rights Action Centre, London: “A Disorder for All”. With a panel of international speakers reflecting a range of mental health disciplines, skills and experiences, I’ll be performing poetry and speaking about the capacity of language to harm and to heal. £0-130.
26th September, 7.30pm Shipley: guest reader at “Rhubarb at the Triangle”: a night of poetry. Pay what you feel.
29th September, 7pm, Ulverston: guest reader at “Poem and a Pint”.
11th October, Manchester Central Library: reading with Suzanne Batty and Carol Ann Duffy as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.
4th-8th October, Swindon: resident poet at the Swindon Poetry Festival.
13th October, 3pm - 7pm, Constellations, Liverpool : ‘Articipation: A Wellbeing Forum for the Creative Industries’. The forum is aimed at musicians, performers, visual artists, craftspeople/makers, arts administrators and managers and will address the challenges (and mental health impacts) of working in the creative industries. Following the main forum, there will be a free programme of live music from 8pm - late.
9th November: “A Disorder for All” at St. George’s Conference Centre, Leeds
20th November, 7.30, St. Mary’s Church, Todmorden: “The Brontes: creativity and mental health”, a panel discussion chaired by Ian Macmillan. Part of the Todmorden Book Festival.