2003-4 - Writer in Residence, ‘Writing Together’.  A national project sponsored by NAWE and the Book Trust to promote the use of writers in schools.  I helped secondary school students in Middlesbrough and Stockton create and stage their own scripts.

2000-3 - Artist in Residence, Tees and NE Yorkshire NHS Trust.  A Year of the Artist post.  Creative writing and drama with women’s and youth groups in East Cleveland, and with out-patients at Brotton Hospital.  I edited the anthology Writing on Our Bodies, Cleveland Arts, 2002.

2002 – ‘Toes in the Water’, Boldon Nursery.  A music, writing and drama residency for under-5s in collaboration with singer Benny Graham, organised by the Customs House, South Shields.

1999 – Writer in Schools, Sunderland Education and Community Services.  A Year of Reading project.  We produced six playscripts, a songbook and a wealth of poetry and prose.  At one primary school I initiated a Native North American story- telling project, at another we adapted a Zimbabwean tale for the stage, at St Robert of Newminster secondary school we focused on street children and Ghana. 

1990-1 – Arts Council Resident Dramatist, Cleveland Theatre Company.  I spent a year with CTC, researching and writing Hot Potato!, a TIE play for 11-13 year olds and working on a community play.  I founded and facilitated Cleveland Playwrights, and acted as literary advisor to the company. I gave talks and workshops in schools and for writers’ groups throughout Cleveland.   

1986 – Writer in Residence, Keldholme School and Berwick Hills Library, Middlesbrough.  Funded by Northern Arts and Cleveland Libraries and Education.  Co-edited the anthology Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Cleveland County Libraries, 1987.  The work at Keldholme culminated in a cabaret evening where 60 young people performed their sketches, songs and poems.