Rory is a published writer, director and performance artist from Derby, with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. In 2020, whilst on the BBC New Creatives development programme, he published his first poetry collection with Bearded Badger publishers and was nominated for the Apples and Snakes Jerwood fellowship award. He recently directed his first show, ‘The House Is On Fire,’ with Contact, and Derby Theatre has commissioned him to develop his long narrative poem ‘This Town’ into a show for spring 2023. He has recently been awarded The Big Imaginations fund from Z-Arts and will have his first collection of short stories published at the end of the year.
As a spoken word artist Rory has headlined shows such as Verbose, Switchblade, Tallyho and Blether. He also hosts his own night along side Keisha Thompson at Contact called Cocktails and Cinquains
He is currently being funded by the arts council for his second collection of poetry Notes on Growing Up.