I’m a writer, poet, playwright, dancer and actor. I was born in Jamaica, moved to the UK at the age of ten, attended school in Manchester, moved to Birmingham for higher education and, despite several attempts to leave, still live in this amazingly diverse city. Please see more on my website predencia.co.uk
I’m currently a full time PhD student at the University of Birmingham researching the changing approaches to death rituals in Jamaica, and in the Jamaican diaspora in the UK. I have a passion for metaphysics; most of my musings can be found on my blog Writing Creatively With Spirit.
Until September 2005 I had no idea I’d take to the stage as a performer (although I’m no stranger to the stage as trainer, workshop leader and conference presenter). I attended an Artsfest workshop on Performance Poetry and got hooked. It started with poetry, then expanded into acting when I did the NCFE Performance Skills course at Nu Century Arts April – September 2007, and when I was asked to join the group Mahogany Tree it really gave me an appetite for singing and dancing. I started belly dancing in September 2007 and throughly enjoy it. It takes years to develop the skills to become a proficient dancer and a certain amount of confidence to perform solo. I’m a great believer in having a go, my performances are not yet technically perfect but they certainly have energy. But writing was and still is my main passion.
Since the age of fourteen I wanted to write novels and wanted to do an English degree but was persuaded to do science instead because there was a shortage of science teachers and surplus of English ones. Writing was always in my blood and got an outlet first with non-fiction publications through my work as a training manager, and then through my poetry. In 2011 I finally achieved my childhood ambition to write a novel, with the publication of my first novel Dare to Love.
I’ve got the bug now, tapped into a well, and my second novel Betrayed came out in hard copy in August 2012, although its official publication date is November 2012.
My third novel, Never on Sunday was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon. The 4th, Love is Not a Reward is a series of short stories based on parenting and was published in 2014 along with an accompanying workbook, Love is Not a Reward Sourcebook.
Although I write for the page most of my work is for performance. I love live audiences, love the energy and the instant connection. Listen to some of my live performances and see some of my printed work. My poems reflect my observations of life as a biology teacher, a residential social worker and manager, a trainer, life coach, daughter, mother, lover and friend. In 2011 I recorded RAW an anthology of my favourite stuff.
Its as it says, an album dealing with raw human emotions.
Sketches of Cameroon is a collection based on my visit to Cameroon in 2017.
Although some of my friends claim I have been acting for years my first time officially on stage was in May 2007 when I played Joyce in Top Girls. I went on to play the Friar in Romeo and Juliet (played as a woman). My next performance was in Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens – I played the one who preyed on young boys – see picture . I had the pleasure of co-writing a play with other course members in which I played Sonia, mother of a teenage daughter. The play Twisted Roots was well received. I seem to have a thing with being cast as a mother as I played that role for a production of Revisited at the Crescent Theatre directed by Kerry Murdock. I was a member of Class Act based at the Custard Factory in Birmingham and had the opportunity to play Nedra in the dark and disturbing play Veronica’s Room.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to debut my first attempt at creating a one woman show, Madam Bonkiyung. It’s based on my experiences of tracing my heritage through a DNA test which took me to the Tikar group of people in Cameroon. I’m going to ditch modesty and admit that I received a standing ovation at the Mango Lounge in Birmingham.
I’ve always danced; have always loved it but again, until recently, never saw myself doing it on stage and for pay. When I joined Mahogany Tree I had the opportunity to do just that – mostly Caribbean and African moves which comes naturally.
I wanted to challenge myself to do something that required more discipline on my part and by some strange turn of fate found myself belly dancing – and loving it. See one of my performance. I also had to perform three dance numbers as part of Madam Bonkiyung.