About Artificial Silk

Here’s a flavour of what we do:

– Writing and performance  fiction, blogs, movement to texts
– Community projects  exhibition, audio recordings, drama, craft
– Publishing  books and eBooks

Ban the Ban on Barmaids! protest performance in Manchester’s Northern Quarter 

Writing and performance
Our latest devised performance and perambulation in the Northwest was a political theatre comedy Ban the Ban on Barmaids!


We were part of the Women in Comedy festival whose director Hazel O’Keefe won a Power Women Award in 2017.


Previous Artificial Silk performances…

Typing Man projection perf med

The Typing Man narrative was adapted for an experience with graphics and composed sound at The Bluecoat in Liverpool. The original story was shortlisted in the Mslexia awards from over 2,000 entries. An experimental multimedia performance was shortlisted in Waterside Arts Centre Trafford’s To The Stage commission 2016.

Community projects

Photo of 2 girls and Mum
22,571 visitors of all ages took part in Colours, Community & Chemistry at the People’s History Museum in Northwest England.

Fish marketMela came to the Fish Market in Preston. The novel from Pakistan to Preston features the town in 1972 Guild year.




Published writing for children includes Whose Hat is That?

Whose Hat Tafo crop Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 21.19.07
Children at the Juliet Johnstone school, Tafo, Ghana.

World book day school visit Blackley 20.04.31
World Book Day in Blackley, Greater Manchester, with Wishing Bird published by Puffin.

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 15.13.46

Social media on Authors Electric an independent e-publishers’ network.

Authors Electric logo

Click here to access Writing Conventions – What’s new? The investigation into the use of online social networks for commentary on teen fiction was awarded an MSc Distinction from the University of Bristol.

Artificial silk is a textile too. From the turn of the 1900s this transformative textile was made in the Northwest of England in a huge factory where workers from all continents worked side by side. Here, filaments of silk from the cellulose in wood were twisted together and woven into clothes, war-time parachutes, sanitary wear for hospitals and many other forms. M&S used artificial silk to for nightwear.

Artificial silk was exported all over the world. Click here for more on from Pakistan to Preston, a novel set in the Northwest of England’s artificial silk factory.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>