I am the co-founder and Director of Creative Future. Creative Future exists to nurture marginalised artists/ writers and their creative development, leading them to high quality professional creative practice. We provide training, mentoring and the chance to publish or exhibit to talented people who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. As well as established workshop, mentoring and volunteering programmes, we have two national annual showcasing events, the Creative Future Literary Awards and the Tight Modern -a miniature Tate Modern which was seen by 42,000 people on its 2014/15 tour. We collaborate with a large number of partners including New Writing South, The Towner, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Sussex Partnership Trust to provide opportunities for those we work with.
I have worked with marginalised artists and writers since 2002, running The Brighton Big Issue Writing group for three years before becoming the writer in residence at the First Base Day Centre, a place of safety for homeless and vulnerable adults in Brighton. I established the First Base Arts Project which I project managed for four years. I am a published writer and have taught creative writing for BBC Southern Counties, Brighton and Hove City College, Brighton Museum, QueenSpark Books and New Writing South among others. I still write when I have the time and am currently working on a novel.