A forerunner in the UK arts industry, Melanie has been furthering the art of literature, poetry, and spoken word, for over 17 years.


She’s founder of independent organisations Renaissance One and Tilt, which make regular use of live events, tours and commissions to highlight the diverse canons of British and international literature and performance. Artists and organisations collaborated with include Miami Book Fair, The Space, Chris Ofili, Bocas Lit Fest (Trinidad) and the BBC.

Recent work includes Mentoring Three Ways, a series of industry panels, creativity talks and 50 one-to-one mentoring sessions to practitioners around England; and The Independence Project,  fifteen events exploring autonomy and independence, including a one-day festival at the British Library. 

2018 to 2019 projects include talks and masterclasses on leadership, diversity and careers development (Speaking Art and Life), a Guest Curator role for the Bronte Parsonage and Museum that explores the theme of 'other' and producing tours and events for John Agard, Penny Pepper, Martin Figura, Gary Younge and Shivanee Ramlochan.