Confidence Tricks – Video

1 Oct

Confidence Tricks is touring the UK October & November 2016.

LOGO BIRD FIVE (1)This tour is possible thanks a grant from the Spirit of the Rainbow Heron Project,  a trust set up in memory of Dora Rachel Franks Daniel. You can read more about Dora’s life here and more about the trust here

04/10/2016 London, Hackney Attic 
07/10/2016 Norwich, Take 5 
10/10/2016 Cambridge, Frank Lee building 
11/10/2016 Brighton, Komedia 
13/10/2016 London, Dagenham, The PAD
20/10/2016 Glasgow, The Project Cafe 
21/10/2016 Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth 
25/10/2016 London, Hammersmith, The Rutland Arms 
17/11/2016 London, Walthamstow, Ye Olde Rose & Crown
26/11/2016 Sheffield Hallam Uni 


Confidence Tricks Tour Poster

11 Sep

Dates and links to Facebook events, Eventbrite, etc all below, but the poster is here:

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07/10/2016 Norwich, Take 5
10/10/2016 Cambridge, Frank Lee building
11/10/2016 Brighton, Komedia
13/10/2016 London, The PAD, Dagenham
20/10/2016 Glasgow, The Project Cafe
21/10/2016 Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
25/10/2016 London, Hammersmith
26/11/2016 Sheffield Hallam Uni 

Sign My Citalopram

7 Sep

New video – part of my one-woman show Confidence Tricks, touring the UK in October and November. Tour dates here.


Confidence Tricks – UK Tour!

30 Aug

LOGO BIRD FIVE (1)In October I will be touring the UK with a re-booted version of my five-star reviewed show Asking Nicely – now named Confidence Tricks. This is thanks to very generous funding from the Rainbow Heron Project, a trust set up in memory, which you can find out more about here.

Confidence Tricks is a poetry show about what makes us feel confident and entitled, or like we don’t deserve and don’t belong. It’s about the psychology and sociology of what makes us tick, as well as about what gets us through – from kindness and creativity through to swearing and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

Contains: feminism, funnies, wit, wordplay, and an A2 flipchart.

More dates to be announced very soon, but here’s a starter for ten:


Fri 07/10/2016 – Norwich, Take 5, 17 Tombland

Mon 10/10/2016 – Cambridge – set – Open Mind night, Frank Lee Centre. Facebook. Eventbrite. 

Tue 11/10/2016 – Brighton, Komedia Studio room. Tickets.

Thu 13/10/2016 – London, Dagenham, The PAD

Sat 15/10/2016 – Sheffield – set – Off the Shelf Literary Festival. Tickets here

Thu 20/10/2016 – Glasgow, The Project Cafe

Tue 25/10/2016 – London, Hammersmith

Sat 26/11/2016 – Sheffield Hallam University

Edinburgh Fringe Appearances 2016

8 Aug

P1050272.JPGI’ve been asked a few times about if I’m doing the Fringe this year. I will be up at the Fringe for 2 weeks (13th-29th) but I won’t have my own show this time.*

I’ll be doing some guest spots – dates below – as well as various slams and open mics. If you’d like to book a 5-star reviewed poet for a guest slot – just get in touch: Hannah (dot) Chutzpah (at) gmail (dot) com.  In the meantime: hope to catch you at one (or plural!) of these awesome shows:

* I don’t have a solo show this year because:

  1. I didn’t have a good enough idea to build a new show around. As the Fringe programme deadline approached I kept racking my brains, but I just didn’t have that one awesome idea I’d be excited about creating an hour of material for, so I decided not to force it. My next solo show will come when it’s good & ready to be epic.
  2. I have a tour in October – taking a re-worked version of my show Asking Nicely – now renamed Confidence Tricks – around the UK. (More on this to be announced very soon.) This is a huge piece of work, and New Fringe Show + Tour + Day Job would’ve frankly been a recipe for an anxiety attack.

Morning Star: Jobcentre

17 Apr

As seen in the Morning Star newspaper, 4th May 2016, in Well Versed, edited by Jody Porter

jobcentre_1Surviving the job centre
With your ego intact
Is a masterclass in

Wear the office clothes
You no longer have to.
Wear the smile of someone
Momentarily inconvenienced.
Like your career got a flat tire
And this is the garage.

When the security guard escorts you
From desk to desk
(Same as everyone)
Treat them like a valet service:
Thank them with an indulgent smile.

Have a book with you
A large one
With a sombre cover.
Carry a nice pen in your pocket.
Sail through the patronising print-out forms
With the air of a business-class traveller
Checking in.

Do not turn your head to the screams
Of the children in prams
Do not look worried when
There is slurring and shouting
Two seats away
Act as if everyone else is behind glass
Pretend you are not permeable
To them.

Do not let it flicker across your face
That rent is looming
That you are too bored to be well
And too broke to go out
That this is the first time you have worn shoes
In three days
That your days consist of forgetting meals
And remembering biscuits
While the mess stacks around you.

You are wearing nice shoes now.
The ones you bought
Before redundancies were announced.

Delicately correct typos and grammar
In the photocopied forms
Like a supervisor.
Like their supervisor.

Under ugly ceilings
The fluorescent strip-lights

Glint off your armour
Of accent, degree, CV

You are not one of them
You are just visiting.

Necrokitty Comic Sans – video

14 Feb

Dear pet crematorium
Can you please talk me through
The four poems you gave me
Three apparently written by my dead cat
Two of them addressing me as ‘mum’-?

Filmed at Write Angle poetry night, Sheffield. You can read the poem here, or watch it on YouTube here.