Sands (The stillbirth and neonatal death charity) asked me to share the poem ‘We took her to the beach’ at the launch of the new MBRRACE report into stillbirth and child mortality in the UK. The aim was to bring the perspective of the bereaved parents upfront to keep the technical data and dry figures in context for the crowd

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]’The Full Spectrum of Love’ A wander through the rainbow of human emotions to explore the tricky world of love and dating.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/1bgSJ1JAbWo”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pieces performed on this occasion included: Full spectrum of love Chalk lines

Poetry performance at Pop Up Cafe 14 in the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury.

Poetry Performance at ‘The Cafe,’ Cheddar.

A teaching session on ‘Advanced Cake Sharing (and basic story-telling)’ at the Grace Building, Glastonbury.

An appearance at the Bristol Festival of Literature alongside the team from Interact to discuss and demonstrate the medical benefits of reading and being read to at ‘The Listening Cure’ panel discussion. Venue: ‘The Parlour’ in Bristol.

My spoken word debut at Pop Up Cafe 11, Glastonbury. A reading of the award-winning short story, Facing East, and the poem, We took her to the beach, in memory of Talia Grace Cook, a daughter lost to stillbirth in 2012.

InterAct are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 Ruth Rendell Short Story competition is Christian Cook with his story Facing East. Baroness Rendell presented the award to Christian on Tuesday 8th May at a ceremony held at the St Bride Foundation near Fleet Street. Also highly commended were Dorothy Moir’s story Under Her Pillow in third place

The short story ‘Undertone’ was a finalist at the Momaya Press Awards. Transcript of speech at award ceremony: I’d like to thank Momaya Press for this opportunity to have my work read. Any writer given a single choice of fame, fortune or being widely read would choose to be read. But I won’t turn down any offers of fortune, just