Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader, mentor and performer based in Yorkshire. Her work has featured as libretto, in film, on umbrellas and on the walls of a recording studio and is widely published in journals and anthologies. In 2016 her poetry pamphlet Echolocation was published by Mother’s Milk Books and her first collection Empires of Clay by Cinnamon Press.
For the last seventeen years, Becky’s main occupation has involved connecting people with creative writing and performance. 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 they provide us with the tools to transform our lives. Organisations she has facilitated workshops for include The Poetry Society, NAWE, Apples and Snakes, the Ilkley Literature Festival, Artlink West Yorkshire and the Ted Hughes Project. She now works part-time at the University of Leeds in Creative Writing and Community Development.
Commissions such as Beam’s Treasured Stories project enable her to write with and for specific communities. Becky’s passion for collaboration has also been channelled into theatre work. She partnered with the Morley community and various artists on Corseted, a one act show and exhibition that laces together the story of women’s rights campaigner Alice Cliff Scatcherd (1842-1906) with issues women face today. The project received Arts Council and Leeds Inspired funding in 2016-17. Imove’s Haunt, a site-specific theatre show, was co-written with Steve Toase and people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. It was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016.
Becky is currently seeking representation for a speculative fiction novel and is working on a second poetry collection and a novel. She also reviews fiction written by women.
For more, visit her blog.