Charlie learned to read aged 3, when she got her first pair of NHS glasses. For years she was convinced they were magic specs….
Charlie has always worked with words. 25 years as a local and national radio broadcaster on speech and music stations including BRMB, Heart, Capital, Radio 1, Radio 2, LBC and currently presenting Drive-time on Smooth West Midlands.
Birmingham Poet Laureate 2007/8 and a former writer in residence at W.B.A F.C., Charlie also works as a writer in the community, lifting words off the page. In schools, P.R.U.s, in prison and with survivors of domestic abuse, Charlie’s passion that writing is for everyone helps her build the confidence of each participant.
Working with Dudley Healthy Schools and Creative Health CIC, Charlie ran a ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ project with primary schools. This combined mindfulness practices and writing techniques to boost the wellbeing of pupils and create a calming classroom environment.
Mindfulness is something Charlie has practised since discovering the work of Thich Nhat Hanh as a teenager and young carer. She credits this with keeping her grounded through a long career in the media, and has been integrating it with writing practices for 10 years.
Published in ‘Bugged’ and ‘Split Screen’ anthologies, Charlie regularly performs. Her one woman show ‘Buddhism and Ben & Jerrys’ previewed at the Bristol Old Vic, and she’s appeared at Manchester Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and alongside Jean Binta Breeze and Dalit Nagra at Warwick Wordsmiths, and at Love in Leamington, where poetry met jazz…. Eager to collaborate, Charlie set up ‘Decadent Divas’, a unique cross-generational project currently working on a new show in 2018.