I am editor of the world’s most popular blog on Deaf culture, The Limping Chicken, and through the site, broke the worldwide story of the ‘fake interpreter’ at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. I also edit the BSL Zone website .
To read my writing, check out the Journalism section.
I am currently working on my first documentary.
As a scriptwriter, I’ve created and written a series of award-winning dramas about deaf characters, in sign language. I’ve also recently directed two films.
Four Deaf Yorkshiremen go to Blackpool, a half hour comedy, was shown on digital TV in May 2014.
The Kiss, a 7 minute short, was selected for Bradford International Film Festival in March 2014, and won best film at the Bsaque region International Festival of Sign Lanaguages in October 2014.
Last year, I wrote the short play Mine (directed by Jeni Draper) for Deafinitely Theatre’s 4Play showcase in May 2013. This was a return to theatre, having written the play Lipstick and Lollipops for the company in 2008.
I also wrote the half-hour drama My Song, about a girl stuck between the deaf and hearing worlds (broadcast in 2011 on digital TV and online), which was shown, along with 2009’s Hands Solo (funded by UK Film Council and very very rude) at Brighton International Festival in 2011.
Other credits include the drama Departure Lounge, comedic mini-series The Fingerspellers, and two shorts that gained over 100,000 views each on YouTube: the award-winning comedy short Coming Out and my directing debut, Four Deaf Yorkshiremen.
The Kiss - Best film, Basque Region International Festival of Sign Languages
Departure Lounge – Merit Award, SuperFest – Berkeley, California, USA (2011), Best Film, Deaffest (UK, 2010), Best Short Film, Ippocampus Ciak – Milan, Italy (2010)
Hands Solo – Best short film, World Deaf Cinema Awards (Washington DC) 2010
Coming Out – TV Best Scriptwriter, DaDa Awards – ITV (2007), Best Film, Deaffest (UK 2007), Best International Film, Finnish Film Festival (2007), Best Film, Clin d’ Oeil Festival – Reims, France (2007)
To watch all my films in full, read reviews of them and find out about the directors, cast and crew, go to the Films section.
I currently work on a freelance basis and as well as being a journalist and scriptwriter, have also worked as a consultant (for the South Bank Centre, Royal Court Theatre, and the BBC), a copywriter (for the NDCS and STAGETEXT), a speechwriter, photographer, project manager and teacher.