Bernie Cullen began her career in science, then studied Fine Art as a mature student in the late 80s, and began working on performance that involved words and images. Her career has involved recycling 20,000 bicycles over a decade and working as a sign language interpreter. She’s written lyrics for a ska band and is learning Japanese Taiko drumming. After studying at the Poetry School, and a life-changing Arvon course, Bernie is putting together her MA collection of poems. She won the York Mix poetry competition in 2017 with a poem inspired by the Yorkshire Arboretum, where she is poet-in-residence. As well as working as a university administrator, Bernie works collaboratively with individuals who have autism, exploring creative writing and poetry.