I fell into performing by accident. In 2015, I read a poem as part of a writing group showcase in Glasgow. After my reading, a member of the audience asked if I performed often and, if I’m honest, I wasn’t too sure what she meant by it. Poetry had always been something that I’d enjoyed privately but maybe it was time to share my words with more people. I went along to my first open mic at a pub called Broadcast and, from then on, I was hooked.
The feeling of performing my own writing is still unrivalled. I love the sensation of nerves giving way to relief when I reach a poem’s final line. I love the moments when a particular word or phrase elicits a collective reaction from the audience.
Much of my writing is influenced by my experience of being visually impaired. Representations of disability, and the lived disabled experience, are so rarely nuanced and that’s something that needs to shift in order for us to bring about any real change.