Ilkley Literature Festival Saturday 17 October 2015

Another date for the John Godber, Peter Sansom, Helen Cross tour.  Ilkley Literature Festival are promising ‘A brilliantly entertaining afternoon of readings and conversation with a trio of acclaimed writers – playwright, novelist and poet – as they talk about their relationship with the North.’  We’ll do our best!   You can book here.

A Good Read – BBC Radio 4 16 June 2015

You can listen to actress Helen Baxendale and I discussing our favourite books with Harriett Gilbert on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read  here.

The selection includes a treatise on re-wilding Britain by George Monbiot (‘Feral’), a novel about the culture clash between two women from very different backgrounds, ‘The God of Chance’ by Kirsten Thorup  (my choice), and an award-winning memoir, ‘The Three of Us’ by Julia Blackburn.


Graphic Anthology 2015/16

wipers-times-200Carol Adlam and I are working together again, this time on a new commission for the National Army Museum. Over the next eighteen months we will write, illustrate and publish a graphic anthology of  new stories about women’s experiences, contemporary and historical, in the British Army.    It follows on from our previous work together,  on The New Wipers Times,  a graphic anthology to commemorate The Wipers Times.

BBC Radio 4 Fact to Fiction

UnknownMy edition of BBC Radio 4’s Fact to Fiction will be broadcast on Saturday 6 June 2015 at 5.40pm.   The play will be written during the preceding five days, as a response to the week’s news.

Writing with a Northern Voice – Tour

I’m going on tour.  Writing with a Northern Voice is an evening of poetry, prose and discussion, taking place at four Northern venues in March and April  2015 (with more dates to come in Spring 2016).  Join me, dramatist John Godber and poet Peter Samson as we read from our work and talk about our relationships with the North and how it has shaped our work and careers.


21st March 2015 7:30pm
Otley Courthouse
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22nd March 2015 7:30pm
Georgian Theatre Royal
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23rd April 2015 7:30pm
Selby Town Hall
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24th April 2015 8:00pm
Seven Arts
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Women, Visibility and Playful Acts 2′

Organized by feminist group F=, ‘Women, Visibility and Playful Acts 2’ is a day of talks, performance, exhibition and making with artists, researchers and writers based or working in Leeds.logo
Presenters include me, artist/activist Jill Gibbon, poet/playwright Rommi Smith and photographer Casey Orr. The exhibition will include work by cartoonist Jacky Fleming, posters from ‘zine Shape & Situate and new work by students in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Young Writers’ Foundation Group

I’m running a series of four workshops over the coming year for young writers. The Young Writers’ Foundation Group is to give young writers a chance to develop their interests in creative writing across a range of styles and forms – from poetry to drama.

The group will be meeting from 11am – 4pm on the following dates: Saturday 10th January, Saturday 11th April, Saturday 27th June and Saturday 12th September. Places are £80 per person for the year – a limited amount of bursaries are available, please email joanne[at] if you feel unable to afford the cost.

How to Book:
Places must be booked through The Box, on 0121 245 4455 or you can book online or in person at The Box which is based at the Birmingham REP.