Nottingham Writers’ Studio
I am delighted to have my poem The World Outside published in The World Outside zine published by Nottingham Writers Studio as a response to Covid -19. We are so lucky to have this amazing resource available to writers in Nottingham. I have attended, lead and enjoyed many workshops and events at or via Nottingham Writers Studio. It has not only given me the opportunity to learn from the many incredible writers in the region, but also the privilege to be published alongside some.
Nottingham Trent University
Graphic Design 2020
In March 2020 a cohort of six local poets were invited to work with the first year Graphic Design students at NTU. We were filmed reading five pieces and talking about the context and background to the mini collections. This project began the week prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020, so I hope you will agree that to see the results achieved under such difficult conditions is nothing short of amazing. As a traditional event was impossible, the website was developed and showcases some of the outcomes. UNESCO City of Literature wrote about the collaboration here.
Media Studies 2019
For this 2019 project NTU Media students created a film to go with my poem Patience. Video produced by Ella Farnsworth, filmed by Chloe Coombs and Aleksandra Giernatowska at Nottingham Trent University 2019.
World Jam are Nottingham’s Global Music and Poetry Collective. It was a delight to edit and produce the World Jam Anthology, which was launched amid music, laughter, tears, and dancing at Peggy’s Skylight during Nottingham Poetry Festival. This book, which includes poems from writers from 12 countries, gives a flavour of the talents of some of the World Jam writers.
Farsi poet Mina Fatemi, English poet Lytisha Tunbridge & Portuguese musician João Roque interpret & perform original poetry material together. Since 2014 They have performed at several festivals and events.
Universities of Nottingham & Cambridge: Multilingualism, Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies – MEITS
Working with the University of Nottingham, Ideal at NCC, Nottingham Writers Studio, and local schools. Devising and delivering creative writing workshops for pupils with English as an additional Language.
The 2020 sessions with Ellis Guilford School had to be delivered a little differently due to the restrictions of the Corona virus pandemic. This year I devised remote workshops which were delivered on-line to pupils, some at home and some in school. Quite a different experience for not only myself and the school and university staff, but also the pupils. We still created a fabulous collaborative poem with contributions from the speakers of all six languages participating.
Writing East Midlands:
Eldertree project with Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard
Working at Gregory House, Orders of St John Care Trust in Grantham, for Writing East Midlands with Michelle ‘Mother’Hubbard we drew out the stories of residents, finding common threads and Michelle wove them into the Gregory Book, a legacy for the future. See a film about the project here.
Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones is a documentary theatre piece by Lucy Greaves. It tells of Hate Crimes from the experiences of people with learning disabilities. Lytisha’s poem I Did React was written from interviews with victims of disability hate crimes, and included in the script. The inaugural performance was enacted by Activus Theatre Company at Courtyard Theatre, Clarendon, Nottingham on 26 May 2019.
Memorial Hope and Healing
During the national lockdown summer of 2020 I was commissioned to deliver workshops over zoom into care homes for residents living with dementia. Over the course of sessions we explored the ideas of Memorial, Hope and Healing using reminiscence, creative story telling, and studying and writing poetry. Using zoom for this kind of work was a first for both me and the residents. I was surprised by the level of intimacy and connections we developed.
COMA – East Midlands
As a member of the DIY Poets collective I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with COMA – Contemporary Music for All. With tutoring from Anthony Clare in how to write contemporary scores, I produced a score for an immersive piece entitled The Journey Inside, about my experience inside an MRI scanner. The piece was performed by myself and the COMA East Midlands ensemble at two festivals in 2018, COMA National Festival and Nottingham Poetry Festival.