Performances, Projects & Publications
Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio and live theatre. Awarded commissions for programmes including: From Fact to Fiction; BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama; Poetry Please, Late Junction; The Verb and Woman’s Hour, Rommi’s contribution to Woman’s Hour was a selected feature for Weekend Woman’s Hour.
With numerous prestigious residences to her credit, each one has involved commissioned writing and educational resources.
As Inaugural Poet in Residence at Keats House, Rommi created a sequence of Meredithian sonnets for live performance with music. A collaboration with the musician and composer Ivan Stott, the site-specific performance entitled Poem Without a Name, was premiered at Keats, House, Hampstead, London.
As Inaugural Parliamentary Writer in Residence, Rommi wrote and performed original work for performance in the Palace of Westminster. Her work is archived on the Parliamentary site and includes the poem A Guide to the Exhibition, written to mark the opening of a major exhibition in Westminster Hall. More info
Rommi served as British Council Poet in Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Whilst in residence, she directed brand new theatre about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in collaboration with English Masters’ students and the University’s Jazz Orchestra.
Rommi fuses spoken-word and music and works with Fruit Tree Project.
She currently performs with pianist Laura Cole and double-bassist, Jenni Molloy, as part of Cole, Molloy and Smith. The trio has received commissions from ceramicist Loretta Braganza, The Leeds’ Library and is currently working on a commission for BBC Radio 3.
Rommi is currently working on commission for Grassington Festival in the Yorkshire Dales in collaboration with musician and composer Kenneth James Higgins III. Weaving together poetic memories of the River Wharfe with original music and soundscape, the piece will premiere as part of a communal listening experience, where the Market Square will be immersed in the sound of the river, its secrets and stories.