I am a poet, storyteller, teacher and research consultant. I have been composing and performing my BSL poetry for 20 years, and I have performed at a range of events, with other Deaf and hearing poets, including the Bristol Sign Poetry Festivals (2010, 2011).
I teach poetry to Deaf adults and children across the UK, including mentoring children who have participated in the Life & Deaf project in Greenwich, London. I work at Elmfield Secondary School for deaf children in Bristol as a BSL tutor. I am currently a research consultant on an Arts and Humanities Research Council project at the University of Bristol that explores the use of metaphor within creative sign language. My poems have contributed to an online anthology of BSL poetry, which can be found online at the BSL Poetry Anthology
At the festival in March I want to share my poetry with the American Deaf Community, perhaps with some people who are not aware of sign language poetry because it is not taught on the curriculum at schools. I also want people who already know some ASL poetry to see something different from the UK.