I love facilitating workshops that open up new spaces for people to explore. Whether I'm writing with first-time poets, using art to help primary schools kids tackle serious issues, or supporting vulnerable trans & non-binary people, facilitating never ceases to be exciting, refreshing, and challenging. Among others, I've been lucky to deliver sessions for English PEN, King's College London, SPECTRA, and School of Sex Ed.
Please get in touch if you would like to book a workshop from me!
Beyond Equality is an incredible charity that works with boys and men to explore the privileges and pressures of being socialised as a man.
We uses a variety of activities that encourage participants to identify and think critically about the gender stereotypes they are being asked to fit into.
In doing so, we empower the next generation to take gender-based oppression seriously and begin the self-work needed to break down the patriarchy - work which boys and men have a fundamental responsibility of contributing to.
This BBC podcast explains a little further.
For 6 years I've helped deliver Small Nose's Holocaust Memorial Day project.
We work with primary school children to devise pieces of theatre in response to the Holocaust and other genocides. These are then performed at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies in the children's council.
In this way, we keep alive the stories of past atrocities whilst resisting the possibility of them occuring today. In an increasingly polarised world, with rising right-wing violence, education is our tool. I have been honoured to see first hand how willing children are to use that tool for the benefit of their community. And have learnt a lot from them about how to face up to injustice.
Dramatic Voices is a theatre company of artists with learning disabilities, produced by Tramshed in collaboration with Greenwich Mencap.
I worked with them to devise sketches, monologues and dances which we then pulled together into a cabaret. The end result was hilarious and touching musical romp that follows a band of superheroes in their mission to increase accessibility to the arts.
I had a great time working with this project. I got to meet a lovely bunch of people with wicked sharp artist skills, and was able to deepen the work I do with people with learning disabilities.
"Tom has a deep respect for, and is constantly nurturing his curiosity! That level of openness makes him such a wonderful facilitator and authentic presence."
- Mark Curtis, Artistic Director of Small Nose Productions
"Tom curated a really accepting and safe space in which the medical conference attendees could play with language and characters freely. It was eye opening for us all and we came away with a renewed curiosity"
- Mandeep Singh, King's College medical student