Writer, storyteller, playwright, creative consultant, facilitator
Author, writer, storyteller playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, creative consultant and facilitator who’s regularly commissioned to perform pieces at festivals around the country, and work is featured in exhibitions, on lock gates, has beamed onto buildings and been carved in stone.
Irene’s been a writer-in-residence with libraries across Yorkshire, NHS Leeds and Calderdale and currently a WiR with First Story. She’s a consultant/writer on HLF projects ‘Threads of War’, ‘Seeds of the Past’, Roots Around Paddock (RAP); writer/storyteller on suffrage projects with minority groups; educational facilitator on environmental themes with Aire Rivers Trust; consultant/writer/storyteller with Historic England exploring heritage through literacy/poetry/drama, creative writing tutor for FE, HE and independently.
Irene’s appeared at Edinburgh Fringe, in films, on radio and in many regional productions; adapted stories and hidden histories for stage and radio. Co-founder of and Artistic Director of Fresh Aire Productions with Pete Aveyard (writer for HIGNFY). Their ‘Queens of Dawson City’ radio sitcom Series 1 has featured on many local radio stations and Series 2 is currently airing via podcast. ‘Under Their Feet’ a recent play based on a true suffrage story is set to tour in 2019.
She was a selected finalist in Mikron Theatre’s 2018 writing course. Trustee of Script Yorkshire; member of Equity, Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education, Writers Guild, 26 Characters, JB Priestley Society, Friends of Bradford’s Becks
Winner of regional and national Age Positive Award, 2001, Dept of Work and Pensions
Strange Tales in Bradford Dale, 2016, Gizmo Publications, Amazon
Strange Tales in the Dales, 2015, Gizmo Publications, Amazon
‘The Hat Box’ and ‘Palacio de Cristal’, 2018, CommuterLit.com
‘Invisible Man’ Armistice 100 Days, 2018, 26 Characters/IWM
‘Stories from Stone’ (writer/editor), 2018, Gizmo Publications, Amazon
‘A Stitch in Time’, 2017, Tyto Alba, Comma Press, Amazon e-book
‘Mary, Mary’, 2017, 26 Twits/Roald Dahl Centre
‘I Love You’, 2016, 26 Lies/Free Word Centre
‘Rock to Seahouses’, 2016, 26 Steps
‘Lady Val’, 2015, Write a Wish
‘Betty the Beautiful’, 2015, Under a Northern Sky
‘Ballad of Bodmin Moor’ 2015, 26 Postcodes
‘Scrolling Past’ 2015, 26 Pairs of Eyes/Foundling Museum
‘A Notebook’, 2014, 26 Designs/FIESTA
Plays & Performances
‘Under Their Feet’, 2018, dramaturg. True suffrage story (Bradford Cathedral, touring 2019)
‘Protestors4Peace: Bradford Women’s Humanity League 1916/18’, 2018 (Delius Centre, Bradford)
‘Mrs Norton, Working Woman’, suffragette story, 2018 (Bradford, Leeds Libraries, Shipley Glen ‘Rally’)
‘Margaret Graham, Female Aerialist’, 2018 (Piece Hall, Halifax)
‘Over the Edge’, duologue 2018 (Pub Theatre Leeds)
‘Tragedy of Mary Ryan at Newlands Mill’, 2017 (Bradford Industrial Museum)
‘Carol’, Christmas Presence’, 2017, (Pub Theatre Leeds)
‘Words, Women & War: Forgotten Female Voices of the Great War’, 2016 (still touring literature/arts festivals, schools, libraries, museums. Next at York Lit Fest, March 2109)
‘I’ll be Watching You’, 2010, (Domestic abuse conference Leeds/York)
‘Uncle Phil on TV’’ 2008, adaptation of JB Priestley short story (Bradford Cathedral)
Tel: 07899 007 327
Favourite Word: 'whiprador'