I am a poet based in London. I am of mixed Sri Lankan and British descent, and come to writing as a mode of survival and as a way to speak through silence. I write, facilitate workshops in creative writing, and support the development of emerging writers. I am also training to be an integrative psychotherapist at The Minster Centre, London.
I have been writing for many years and have performed in a variety of settings including the Tate Modern, The Royal Festival Hall, and various arts venues across London and the rest of the UK. My debut pamphlet of poetry Everything We Don’t Say was published in 2009 with Tall Lighthouse Press, and I have done commissions for the Natural History Museum, Louis Vuitton, among others.
I have run creative writing workshops for a variety of organisations, including The Barbican Centre, The Southbank Centre, and for more local literature projects such as CityRead in Lewisham and Mental Fight Club in Borough.
I have just finished a post as Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore, where was am based until the end of 2013. It was a six month residency during which I worked on my first full collection of poetry, and ran poetry workshops and other projects.
As mental and emotional health is a major drive in my work, I try to weave my therapy skills into facilitation work where appropriate, running workshops to explore the individuality of participants and encouraging them to validate their own voice and experiences.