Training originally as a production thrower and decorator in a small studio pottery in Lincolnshire, the arts have been an integral part of my life, interwoven since my early years with a range of roles as diverse as teaching women self defence through to driving 7.5 ton trucks (which I still do part-time)! However it was working for 13 plus years in event and project management in a variety of settings, that led me to become increasingly interested in how we are as human beings; the identities we create and the structures we design for ourselves.
These areas of interest, coupled with becoming a parent, led directly to my taking a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychology entitled Leadership, Facilitation & Coaching, (2006 - 2008), and my further explorations in the field of personal and professional development.
CURRENT THINKING and INFLUENCES
Curious about where individual and organisational change intersect
with the social and political, and where our relationship with our inner world
affects our relationship with the outer one. I am interested in the stories
we tell ourselves, the tales we tell others and the cultural narratives we create.
Working with women's stories intermittently for over 30 years,
I have, ever since I was a little girl, been fascinated in women's narratives.
Since January 2016 I have actively exploring the women's stories,
unpacking personal and social change through playing with,
and deconstructing the identities we create for ourselves.
I am interested in exploring the cultural narratives we construct,
from the day to day minutiae to the grander themes that can
sometimes take on mythic proportions. This curiosity is leading
me to research and play with ideas through a range mediums,
tableaux, performance, writing, event design/production and craft.
AS A WOMAN
Asked, (as direct northerner) where I stand on feminism.
To this question I would like to quote two very different,
inspirational women and, like me,sharing the occasional label
of 'agent provocateur'. Firstly, the artist Amanda Palmer who when
recently questioned for Ms Magazine said this,
"To me, feminism is just a tidy way of saying that we all
need equal rights, because clearly it’s going to be a win-win
when we achieve gender parity globally."
And secondly, the writer, historian and activist, Rebecca Solnit, who recently wrote this comprehensive piece capturing beautifully many of my feelings on being a woman in 2020.
Finally, as a committed, albeit unconventional parent, lover of good food, wild swimming, and the importance of life-long learning, I combine all of the above with my deep love
of the natural world. This is what I bring to the table.
Described by others as insightful, plain-speaking, a risk-taker, courageous and deep thinking, I sometimes describe myself as an edge-walker, which according to permaculture is where all the interesting things happen . . .