Becky Cherriman is a commissioned writer, creative writing facilitator and prize-winning performer based in Leeds. Her work is informed by the belief that not only do writing and the spoken word help us to make sense of the world and our place in it but that they provide us with the tools to transform our lives.
For the last thirteen years, her main occupation has been leading workshops with various community groups and schools. She works regularly for a number of key organisations and charities and is well-respected locally for her work including facilitating Ilkley Young Writers and Bradford Young Writers alongside poet and performer Michelle Scally Clarke for the Ilkley Literature Festival.
Her writing has been published by Bloodaxe, Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk; in Poets For Corbyn, on umbrellas and on the walls of a recording studio. She has had pieces commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield, The Rotunda Museum, Humbermouth Literature Festival, Imove, Grassington Festival and most recently by Beam for Altofts Festival In A Day. In 2015, her poem Austerity was translated into Italian by Francesca Spinelli and printed in the socialist magazine Internazionale. A current collaboration is Haunt, an Imove commission, working with people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.
Becky has won several prizes for her poetry including first prize for The Speakeasy Open, second prize in the Ilkley Literature Open Mic and runner up in the Yorkshire Open. Her work has been shortlisted in several international competitions including The Fish Short Story Prize. In 2013 she was the commissioned poet for Morley Literature Festival and Grassington Festival.
Becky’s poetry pamphlet Echolocation was published by Mother’s Milk Books in February 2016. Her first collection Empires of Clay is out with Cinnamon Press now. The launch will be held at The Leeds Library on 8th November and is a free event.
She is currently seeking an agent for her second, magical realist, novel and working on Arts Council and Leeds Inspired funded project Alice In Bloomers, a one woman show and costume exhibition inspired by suffragist Alice Cliff Scatcherd (1842-1906).
For more, visit her blog