I’m described as ‘The doyenne of the spoken word scene’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb); ‘The Mae West madam of the salon’ (The Sunday Times) and as ‘everything the Daily Mail is terrified of’ (Kerrang! Magazine).
I write and perform poetry, fiction, memoir, radio drama and lyrics. My most recent book of poems, Under the Pier, was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. I’m also known as The General of The Book Club Boutique, London’s louchest literary salon, and as lead singer and lyricist of SaltPeter, alongside composer Peter Coyte.
I’ve appeared on radio as a guest on Woman’s Hour, The Verb and resident poet on R4′s Saturday Live. Most recently I wrote and presented a documentary, Stir it Up! – 50 Years of Writing Jamaica for BBC Radio 4 in September 2012. This programme included excerpts from my literary memoir ‘Springfield Road‘ which is being published by Unbound, crowd funded publishing, please visit unbound.co.uk.
“Honest, grippingly readable, funny and uplifting, Springfield Road is the pilgrims progress of a brave young woman into adulthood, poetry and music.” Maggie Gee OBE
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