I love hosting, compering, reading, chairing panels and getting involved in conversation and debate. If you’d like me to do that with your project, please contact me. Here are some events I’ve been lucky enough to be part of:
Launch of ‘We The Youth: Keith Haring’s New York Night Life’ by Dave Haslam for Manchester Literature Festival, the Whitworth, October 2019.
Hosting the sell-out launch of this exciting new work on Keith Haring’s life was such a rewarding night. Great rapport and lovely festival audience.
Pride & Glory, Royal Exchange Theatre Front Room, August 2019.
I read my short story ‘Three Sailors’ (Foglifter, 2019) for a very appreciative audience at this annual LGBT literature and theatre event.
Compere for HOME Inspires takeover of ‘Propel’ at PUSH Festival, HOME, Jan 2019.
Theatre 1 was the venue for this astonishing showcase of performance work from a diverse range of artists from community groups. Music, theatre, poetry and more. I felt very proud to host such a loving and challenging event in Manchester, with fantastic feedback.
The RebeccaNeverBecky Guest List Podcast, Episode 1, Dec 2018.
Had a great time talking with Rebecca Swarray and Oskar Marchock on this conversation podcast. Listen in here.
Chair of the panel, ‘First Time’ by Nathaniel Hall, Dec 2018.
I chaired an incredible discussion with playwright/performer Nathaniel and members of the George House Trust Positively Speaking project. A rare chance to have a grown-up honest public conversation about HIV in Manchester, I was honoured to play a small part.
Compere for ‘Mind Yourself’, ThoughtWorks, November 2018.
I compered this original talent night for LGBTQIA artists in Manchester, showcasing work with a focus on mental health and stigma in the community. Brilliant work was shared and we built a really loving, fun and supportive atmosphere.
Conversation Circle with Rosanne Robertson, AIR Gallery, Altrincham, Oct 2018.
Part of Rosanne’s excellent ‘To The Ground’ show. I led a conversation with the artist about the show and her practice, taking in materials and materiality, lesbian art, queer objects and working class art, eventually absorbing the whole room in conversation which was our ambitious intention!
Author interview with Dave Haslam, May 2018.
I hosted this fun anecdote-filled on-stage interview with the author and DJ about his new memoirs, Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor, for Manchester's King Street Festival.
Sex, Drugs & Criminality, The Lowry, May 2018.
Part of ‘Teentalitarianism’, the young programmer's takeover at Week 53 Festival, in which I was a panellist on a gameshow-style discussion event looking at these most thorny of subjects. Brave and exhilarating programming!
Artist Inspiration Day, Manchester Jewish Museum, May 2018.
I was selected to join a group of 15 artists to devise and brainstorm creative solutions for Manchester Jewish Museum during their temporary relocation to Manchester Central Library and forthcoming exciting capital expansion.
De(Construction): Developing the Creative Scene, DIY Style, Jan 2018.
I gave a talk about the many projects I’ve been involved in as a creative practitioner with a DIY approach, which led me to a more paid and supported field of work.
Radical Space is the Place, Texture, Nov 2016.
I was a guest panelist on a discussion of the subcultural roots of nightlife, focussing on what has happened to nightlife in the context of austerity, gentrification and dispossession.
Queer(ing) Politics: What role for art and culture?, Partisan, June 2016.
I chaired a panel on queer culture, identity and politics which you can watch here.
Working in the Arts, Salford University, Feb 2013.
My lecture for Salford undergraduates on working in the arts, cultural production, freelancing and establishing a cultural presence.