Born in Tripoli, Libya in the 60s, a middle child of an older brother and a younger sister. At three years of age she and her family returned to England and her parents separated shortly after. She was raised by her mum in a flat above one of the first independent fashion boutiques ‘Honeyspot’ in Kettering, Northants. Whilst her mum ran the business Kez and her siblings were taken care of by a host of bohemian and artistic childminders. As a teenager, her confidence grew whilst she worked in the boutique on Saturdays and modelled in fashion shows around the county. At nearly 16 she worked in a beach restaurant in the South of France in between business and English studies at college. She married her first love at 19. In her twenties and thirties, she had 5 children, was a school governor, ran mums and tot’s groups and later youth groups. She organised and put on live music events and annual festivals for under 18s whilst working with her partner to run their T-shirt printing business.
She wrote her first poem aged 12 and it was graded A+ which her literature teacher then crossed out and wrote underneath “Is this all your own work?” Thirty years on, one of the first poems she wrote as an adult was ‘Complicated Love (The Hidden Poem)’noticing and writing how unhappy she felt in her relationship. She continued pouring her heart onto paper and subsequently separated from her husband three years later. Those raw emotions and observations of life were to become the basis for a lot of her poetry.
Kezzabelle’s debut performance and inspiration for her name came from a gig in a vaudeville playhouse in between burlesque and belly-dancing sets. The audience’s response was so encouraging she was soon reading at open mic nights around Northamptonshire. A year later she published her first book ‘Truly Me’ followed two years later by her second, slightly tongue in cheek, ‘Kezzabockerglory (with extra sauce)’ which she released and sold whilst performing at festivals, cabaret nights and spoken word events.
Kezzabelle’s third book ‘All the Loves’ led to more performances and local radio interviews. To share her knowledge and inspiration learnt over five years of attending numerous and varied writing workshops, she started to run a weekly creative writing workshop of her own called ‘Weaving Words’. She used her 10 years’ experience of youth work to run creative writing projects in Northants for children and young people and continues to do so. She played a pivotal role in winning a Community Award for Creative Writing at the Montagu Monuments under the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards.
Ever expanding her experience and looking for ways to communicate with her mixed audiences she recorded her fourth book ‘When You Say Yes’ onto cd. Kenneth J Nash was so impressed by her beautiful collection of poems he signed her to the Old Hotel Records label and is assisting her with cd releases.
At different festivals and events, she co-ordinates and runs the ‘Kezzabelle Connection’ inviting and bringing together a variety of poets, bards and storytellers to convey their diverse spoken word styles. She also performs her Pop up Poetry days for different organisations for a one to one poetry experience.
Kezzabelle is performing her one woman show around the country, her energy and love of words and people is boundless x