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.

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For the last thirteen years, her main occupation has been facilitating 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.

Her writing has been published by Bloodaxe, MslexiaNew WalkEnvoi, 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 and Grassington Festival.  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 and collection are due out in 2016 with Mother’s Milk Books and Cinnamon Press respectively.  She is currently seeking an agent for her second, magical realist, novel.

For more, visit her blog