Writer

I write literature, scripts for stage and screen and narratives for digital platforms.

My debut novel for young adults won a Northern Writers’ Award and was Commended in Faber & Faber’s Fab Prize in 2018. Baby Girl tells the story of a teenage mother who wants to be an MC and writes an album to her daughter’s nursery rhymes playlist.

I wrote the Bailey episodes of After The DG – BBC Children’s pilot Instagram drama for 13-16s. I also developed and produced the entire series.

I wrote and produced #ChipShoptheMusical – a grime-meets-brass Yorkshire musical that toured fish & chip restaurants and told the story of a shy young wannabe MC – Ayla – and her middle-aged, brass-loving employer – Gram.

I wrote and directed the promenade theatre piece, Each Day I Live for Dark Horse Theatre company.

I was the BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow in Digital Storytelling for Children & Young People at Z-arts in Manchester throughout 2015.

I wrote, directed and led the ‘#Selfies‘ project for the young people of the Regent Theatre Academy, Stoke-on-Trent.

I was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize at the Royal Exchange Theatre for my play, Mortals.

I completed the acclaimed children’s theatre writing scheme, First Words – run by Tutti Frutti Productions in association with Freedom Studios, the Royal Exchange, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and The Dukes, Lancaster.

I was a Street Voices 4 finalists with Freedom Studios and had my short play, Tiger, staged by the company on a micro-tour of Yorkshire venues.

In addition, I have extensive experience as a writer and editor of content for digital platforms.

More writing experience:

2013
Writer, JISC Collections, Mickey & Mallory Ltd
Writer/Senior Digital Producer, Bedtime Live Digital, Channel 4/TwoFour Group (IVCA Clarion Gold Award)

2012
Street Voices 4 scheme with Freedom Studios
Finalist on Emmerdale Original Voices scheme
Completed Hollyoaks Script Shadow placement

2011
Writers’ Lab scriptwriting scheme, run by University of Bolton in association with BBC writersroom, AbbottVision, Arvon Foundation, Red Productions,
LA Productions, Lime Pictures & ITV Drama
Advised on existing content, researched and wrote new content and advised on proposed user journeys for the Healthy Stockport website

2010
Edited, produced & directed The (30 Minute) Merchant of Venice, Wilderness of Monkeys Productions
Wrote and edited content for the Houldsworth Village urban development site, which was shortlisted for a Big Chip Award

2009
Awarded a writer’s development grant by the West Yorkshire Playhouse
Highly commended in Grand Words Playwriting competition
Completed So You Want to be a Writer course & showcase at West Yorkshire Playhouse

2007
TAPS (Television Arts Performance Showcase)
Wrote and edited content for the NHS Smokefree website (some content has been added subsequent to my involvement with the project)
Wrote and edited copy for The Telegraph Media Group’s Advertising site
Wrote and edited copy for Disney Channel’s global interactive portal, Star Factory
Wrote and edited copy for the Nestlé Munch Bunch website

2003-2006
Wrote and edited copy for the Discovery Communications Group, including copy for the Animal Planet Channel, Discovery Channel and Discovery Kids sites and interactive TV platforms. I wrote everything from short programme descriptions to large web-based factual guides to Sharks, Ships and Construction

2002
Wrote and edited interactive and website copy for two BBC1 series, Fame Academy and The Murder Game
Writer/editor, Big Brother 3 Online, Channel 4/Endemol

1997-2001
Awarded bursary from Yorkshire Arts for Short Film Writing at Northern Film School
Runner-up in Channel 4/HotDog film writing competition
I have also worked to write, edit and produce content for Ananova.com, Granada Media Children’s, Wcities.com and The Leeds Guide
Production assistant on ‘Dockers: Writing the Wrongs’ documentary

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