I moved to London in December 2002 and instantly fell in love with the art, design and immersive events that saturate this vibrant city. I’ve had an Alice in Wonderland tea party in the window of a disused shop on Oxford Street waving to startled tourists, danced alongside 100 amateurs in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern with the Michael Clarke Dance Company, and taken a holiday at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 with Alain de Botton and the School of Life. I’ve become confident, adventurous, spirited and open.
I want others to experience the same joy, reverence, awe and sense of challenge I do when engaging with art, literature and ideas. Here’s a sample of the creative projects I’ve worked on:
- Writer and Artist Co-ordinator of the Australia New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London, 2013 – 2014. I co-ordinated, programmed, promoted, and organised in the inaugural year of the festival.
- Co-ordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual Agents’ Party, 2013 – 2014. One hundred and fifty agents, writers and illustrators gathered to pitch and sign new talent.
- Project Officer for the City of London’s annual Sculpture in the City 2013 exhibition in 2013. I liaised with sponsors and galleries including White Cube, Pace London, Lisson Gallery and Antony Gormley workshop to support the installation and marketing of the artworks.
- Community Engagement Officer for Hackney Council, working on the Martin Richman Hackney Central Railway Bridge installation (2012 – 2013). Richman and I created and delivered workshops to local school and community groups and hosted a launch party.
- Host of the sixth month pop-up The Conversational, which brought strangers and guest philosophers, writers and scientists together for interesting conversations (2009).