Who is the Pocket Poet?
I am an award-winning poet and writing for wellbeing enthusiast based in Wiltshire. I have lived with various mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and OCD, since my early teens, and have always used writing as a therapeutic tool to promote self-awareness and self-expression.
I run writing for wellbeing workshops for groups and individuals and also offer a bespoke poetry writing service for those looking to give a personalised poem as a gift.
I have loved writing poems for as long as I can remember (the oldest poem I have is one I wrote aged seven), and I often had my writing included in local school anthologies.
I wrote poems as birthday presents and was even 'commissioned' by my mum a couple of times to come up with a witty verse for the family Christmas card. I also found that poetry helped me to express sympathy, support and gratitude for my family and friends in a way that felt more authentic and meaningful than trying to find the words in every day conversation.
These days I write mainly to express myself and to process my thoughts, but my favourite thing is finding a way to connect with myself and with others through poetry, and that is what I hope I can help you with too.
I have a degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and recently won second prize in the International Oxford Brookes Poetry Competition (click here to see my winning poem on their website)!
I am a member of Lapidus (the International Association for Words for Wellbeing) as well as a Professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), with a particular interest in using Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.
My previous 'day jobs' have included, running mental health peer support groups, youth work with 10-16 year olds, and working as a library assistant where I ran weekly story times for young children and their families.
I have recently completed a Poetry Project at a Care Home in Melksham and my next project is working in collaboration with local youth charity, Wiltshire Mighty Girls, promoting positive body image amongst young people.
Contact me using the links below or email firstname.lastname@example.org