36 Hours (forthcoming)
36 Hours is a memoir about the death of my husband in 2009 told through an account of his last day. I set out to write the book that I wished I could have read at the time of his death and its aftermath, but couldn’t find. I needed something honest, that spoke to my lived experience, but what I found was saccharine and remote. 36 Hours bears witness to this experience through a closely observed account that explores grief and loss. The work is an intense exposition of a man’s last day and exposes some realities of end of life care in the community.
36 Hours was shortlisted for the 2016 Pat Kavanagh Prize, received a special mention in the 2017 Spread the Word Life Writing Prize and in 2018 was the subject of a Developing Your Creative Practice award from Arts Council England.
The work is now moving towards publication.
Selected Previous Projects
Fresher ’87 (2014)
Short play commissioned by Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex for their Homecoming Festival 50th birthday celebrations, which I performed site-specific in the car park.
A durational performance and writing project exploring ideas of home and journey, which involved a 1200-mile cycle ride from Lands’ End to Shetland across 5-weeks, writing and performing words and music en route. It was commissioned by Lakeside Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, Creative Arts East, Junction Cambridge and supported by ACE GFTA. A book is nearing publication.