Bernie Cullen is an artist and poet living and working in North Yorkshire. She studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam, and an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, both, as a mature student, after a varied career in science, as a sign language interpreter, bicycle mechanic and charity founder.
Bernie’s work explores our deep inner relationship with trees, flowers and place, and has spent the last few years as volunteer poet-in-residence at the Yorkshire Arboretum designing a guided poetry walk around the arboretum, and running courses which explores ‘place writing ’. Working at the University of York as an administrator, she will be teaching Therapeutic Creative Writing at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in 2019/20, and will continue teaching creative writing to individuals with learning difficulties.
Currently, she is collaborating with a musician to write poetic lyrics for electronic dance music, with an album release planned for 2020.