Charlie became Birmingham Poet Laureate in 2007 and has since worked as a performance poet and writer in the community.. She appears regularly on stage at local gigs and events including Birmingham Literary Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Artsfest, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Birmingham University Festival. Her work has been performed live on Radio 2 and is published in the anthologies ‘Bugged’ and ‘Split Screen’

Charlie was a ‘Writer In Residence’ at West Bromwich Albion FC, and performed the resulting show while proudly wearing the Baggies shirt at the Big Chill festival. Even Wolves fans were joining in with the chorus to one poem! Charlie wrote and performed a one-woman show, Buddhism and Ben & Jerry’s, which debuted at the Bristol Old Vic.

Keen to work in collaboration, in 2011 Charlie formed the cross-generational ‘Decadent Divas’, who have performed at Mac, and Ledbury Poetry Festival to a euphoric audience helped by the venue’s free half time cider. Described by critics as ‘a hilarious and moving celebration of womanhood, not to be missed.’

Charlie Jordan portrait
Portrait of Charlie, by Graham Kershaw Commissioned for the “Poetraits Project”. Exhibited in New York and Birmingham along with the audio of a self-portrait poem by Charlie and the other Birmingham Poets Laureate