Biography / CV / Contact Me

I am an artist and writer ‘who works experimentally with literatures, translations, script and screenwriting, text, space, performance, drawing, and the moving image. This includes an investigation of the problematics and ambiguities of an expanded understanding of translation—between languages and language codes, and between modes of writing, reading and speaking’. (Thank you to Derek Horton for writing a better description of my current practice than I ever could). Thematically, I am interested in auto-fictive practice, and the non-linear relations between trauma, memory, and language. I am a co-editor at Gordian Projects, a small press operating at the intersection of artist’s book, art writing, and archive. I am an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University for the MFA/MA/BA Fine Art, specialising in language practices. A am rather lax when it comes to updating my activities on here, so contact me to see an up to date CV and/or digital portfolio

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Selected Readings, Performances, Residencies, and Exhibitions, updated May 2018


  • I am the 2019 #interrupteur artist-writer in residence for the University of Sheffield’s School of  Arts and Humanities. During February, March, and early April 2019, I will be working with guest collaborators to facilitate a space for writing, speaking, reading, text-based performance and installation.


  • Sh! ffLight! an art-writing zaum poem text text written and performed in collaboration with Helen Clarke, performed as part of WRITING PHOTOGRAPHS at Tate Modern, 2018
  • SHADY DEALINGS WITH LANGUAGE, performance readings from Emma Bolland, Alan Cunningham, and Mira Mattar. Curated by Calire Potter. The Magic City, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, 2018.
  • ON VIOLENCE at Offprint, (see Publications for details of On Violence), performative readings from Emma Bolland Paul Buck, Kirsten Cooke, John Cunningham, Vanessa Place, and Jala Wahid, Tate Modern, 2018
  • LONE WOMEN IN THE NOT QUITE LIGHT – FLASHES OF WILDERNESS. Readings, performances and discussion, with  Clare Archibald, Naomi Frisby, Alison Boyes, Emma Bolland, Dani Abulhawa, Hayley Flynn and Sameena Hussain. Part of the Manchester ‘Not Quite Light‘ weekend
  • An ERRANT, or Improper Form, a collaborative durational writing and film editing  ‘fansubbing’ performance with Rachel Smith, as part of Smith’s residency Interrupteur at the University of Sheffield, 2018
  • Intimité/Intimacy (performance reading with Sharon Kivland), part of Camerades at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2017
  • Violet (performance reading), part of The Dreamers at Pages International Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2017
  • INT/EXT (solo exhibition), Wild Pansy Project Space, University of Leeds, 2016
  • Testing Testing (exhibition), SIA Gallery, Sheffield, 2016
  • Micromegas Vagabond Flux (exhibition), Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, 2016
  • Preparation for the Novel: The Editions (exhibition), Pages International Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
  • Lectolalia #2 (Speak Read) (solo exhibition), Bank Street Arts, 2015
  • Lectolalia (performance reading) at Small Publishers, Conway Hall, London
  • Lectolalia (film screening and performance reading), part of the Leeds College of Art and Design Library Interventions, 2015
  • Lorem Ipsum (exhibition), Pages International Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2015
  • Micromegas Vagabond Flux (exhibition), Université de Lille 3, Lille, France, 2015
  • The Is of the Thing (lectophobia mix) (film screening and performance reading) at the Artists’ Book Market, Baltic, Gateshead, 2015
  • The Is of the Thing (performance and film screening), part of Unsettled By And Open To: Shady Dealings with Language, Matts Gallery, London, 2014
  • MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall (collaborative exhibition with Judit Bodor and Tom Rodgers), Wild Pansy Project Space, University of Leeds, 2012


I have work in collections at the V&A Museum Art Library (London), The Saison Poetry Library Collection at the Royal Festival Hall (London), the Tate Britain Library and Archive (London), and the Centre de Livres d’Artistes (Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, France).


  • 2015–2019 (current): Specialist Visiting Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University. MFA ‘Writing Art’ Module; BA Fine Art ‘Performance’ module; studio teaching.
  • 2014: Visiting Lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. MFA Art, Society and Publics.
  • 2009–2010: Teaching Assistant (printmaking), Huddersfield University (University College Barnsley campus), BA Art and Design.
  • 2006: Visiting Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University (now Beckett), BA Fine Art.
  • 2005: Associate Lecturer, Leeds College of Art and Design, BA Interdisciplinary Art and Design, ‘Professional Practice’ and ‘Collaborative Strategies’ modules.
  • 2004: Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton.
  • 2002–2004, Associate Lecturer, Huddersfield University, Lecturer in Visual Culture for BA Interactive Arts (teaching contextual studies) and BA Interactive Computer Design (Visual Culture module)
  • 1991–1993, Bradford College of Art and Design, Lecturer in Theoretical Studies, BA Art and Design.
  • I have also been a visiting speaker at several institutions, including the Université de Lille 3 (France), the University of Leeds, and Lancaster University.

Professional Practice / Mentoring / Other

I have delivered professional practice and mentoring schemes for emerging artists for a number of organisations, including Inkwell Arts, East Street Arts, The Art House UK; and I conceived and co-ran the Place and Memory project, a supported, Arts Council and NHS funded ‘alternative art school’ project for artists and writers who had struggled to access formal education. I have also delivered arts programmes in a range of mental health settings, from community to secure forensic environments.


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