© Charlie Jordan 2014
Poet. Radio Presenter. Journalist. Event Host and Workshop Facilitator.
Charlie Jordan learned to read aged 3, the same year she got her first pair of NHS glasses. This convinced her they were magic specs, and not just a geeky affliction. Distracted from books by chocolate, contact lenses, London and music, she spun her way through a 20-
Birmingham Poet Laureate 2007/2008, and former Writer in Residence at West Bromwich Albion FC, Charlie has since worked as a writer in the community, lifting words off the page. Sessions in schools, PRUs and prisons often begin with freestyling a poem including each pupil’s name, which instantly connects. Charlie is currently running a 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' project in two primary schools with Dudley Healthy schools and Creative Health CIC.
Emma Clifford, English teacher, Earls High School: ‘The students spent a fantastic day with Charlie. The Activities planned were exciting, stimulating and enjoyable. All the students joined in and created some brilliant and compelling poetry. Many students said it had helped their self esteem, speaking skills and team work alongside their literacy.’ Charlie works with survivors of domestic violence, on the Free Speech project and on Hear My Voice, which is continuing into 2014. She also runs sessions for more experienced writers on page and performance poetry.
Published in Bugged and Split Screen anthologies, Charlie is a regular on the performance circuit. Her one woman show, Buddhism and Ben & Jerry’s, previewed at Bristol Old Vic, and 2013 saw her appearing at Manchester Literature Festival and twice at the prestigious Ledbury Poetry Festival. She was also chuffed to appear alongside Jean Binta Breeze & Daljit Nagra at Warwick Wordsmiths. February 2014 saw Charlie commissioned for 'Love in Leamington' where poetry meets Jazz. (See ‘Media’ page for video)
As a founding member of ‘Write Down Speak Up’, Charlie creates and runs community arts projects such as ‘Small Heath Stories’ with the Birmingham City Council Mobile Arts Unit. Working in collaboration with talented poet friends, Charlie initiated the ‘Decadent Divas’ – a unique cross-