British Film Institute

In 2007, Ann was commissioned by the British Film Institute to write two poems; the first inspired by the word ‘Seacoal’ (the title of a BFI film) and the second after watching the film. She later read the poems at a public reading at BFI South Bank, London.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

In 2007, Ann was one of twenty-two poets commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to shadow a doctor and write a poem on the subject of the body and contemporary biomedical practises. The anthology contains 100 poems, and includes work by Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Shakespeare and Chaucer.

Year of the Artist Residency

In 2000, Ann began working with the sculptor Victoria Brailsford as part of the Year of the Artist residency with Sheffield ‘Off the Shelf’ Festival. The project involved writing poetry inspired by Glen Howe Park (a sculpture park) and leading workshops for schools groups to do the same.

Oakwell Hall Country Park

Ann was commissioned by Oakwell Hall Country Park to write poetry inspired by the park. The extended residency took place between 1997 and 2000, and included working alone and leading schools workshops.

Houghton Hall Park

In collaboration with the Poetry Society and the Urban Parks Regeneration Programme, Ann spent ten days working with people from the Houghton Hall Park local community. She led writing workshops, exploring through poetry what the park and its history meant to local people. The commission was intended as a cornerstone of a sustained programme of poetry work in the area.