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Michelle is an artist, performer and writer. She writes and performs poems, makes theatre, works as an investigative journalist and does interesting things with food.

Performing poetry since 2007, Michelle has toured the UK and performed at festivals from Latitude, to Edinburgh, to the Secret Garden Party, to Bestival to Glastonbury.

Michelle is the founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, part of the UK’s largest slam poetry network, and has featured on stages as far afield as San Francisco, Berlin, New York and Aarhus. She has worked as a poet in residence at la Zona Imaginaria in Buenos Aires and at the  Maison Folies in Mons, Belgium.

She made her small screen debut on the BBC’s Why Poetry Matters series in May 2009 and has appeared on various other TV and radio programmes, including the BBC World Service, Resonance FM and Dalston-based broadcaster, NTS Radio.

Michelle also makes performances which happen on stages, in treehouses, squats, museums and other strange places. She trained in devised theatre and physical movement at LISPA in Berlin and is part of guerilla activist theatre group BP or Not BP and is making her first collaborative piece of devised theatre, Tales, with Liz Margererson which is being developed with support from the Trestle Theatre, the Colchester Arts Centre and the Canvas. She runs a quarterly scratch night called The 7-Minute Itch and Bargerella, a floating all female vaudeville show.

As a journalist Michelle has investigated corruption in the public sector in the UK and in the practices of UK companies operating across Africa. She writes for Private Eye, the Independent and Africa Confidential. She also lectures at City University and works on projects with the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

She published her debut collection of poetry Alternative Beach Sports with independent UK publisher Burning Eye Books in March 2014. You can buy a copy here.

Michelle also teaches poetry and performance in schools and to individuals and has worked as a poet in residence for Heartlands High School and Abbey Manor College for First Story.  If you’d like to book her for a gig or a workshop, please contact her here. 

 

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