August is a wicked month

I try to write every month on my blog. I am but an evening away from September with no words penned in August…Some musings for the last few hours of the month. I turned 39! I turned 39. I turned 39? #ITurned39 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I have been listening to the beautiful country music of Courtney Marie…

Beeston Series #2

This is my final series of photographs from my first weekend with a good on loan camera. Alongside going into the park in Beeston, Leeds I wandered some of the streets. This was the hardest part of my mini weekend project. As with the park series I wanted to try and convey not only some…

Beeston Series #1

Following on from my last post, this is another series of photographs I took when I had access to a good quality camera. As well as exploring shapes, colours and views I attempted to produce some images to reflect and examine Beeston in south Leeds. Cross Flatts Park is for many people a central part…

My first weekend with a camera

I have had temporary access to a good camera this weekend…so I have been out exploring in south Leeds with it and I am going to do a couple of blog posts featuring some of my favourite images. To begin… It has been a really fascinating experience. I have enjoyed attempting to capture a level…

Illustration inspiration

I can’t recall the first time I saw an Idalia Candelas illustration but for a long time┬áher beautifully simple images of women on their own have been for me a special source of inspiration. “Being alone is not being isolated from the world, it’s learning to live moments with you and enjoy your own company”….

Picks for summer in south Leeds and further afield

A post to share the two most recent pieces of writing I have had published. I am super pleased to have written for South Leeds Life for the first time. It is a fantastic community newspaper published monthly. For this article I explored the work being done in Beeston as part of the Index Festival…

A route into contemporary poetry

Before I moved to Leeds I loved poetry but I didn’t have a good grasp of the contemporary scene; despite reading poetry often it felt quite impenetrable. For my birthday a couple of years ago I received a subscription to The Poetry Review (published quarterly by The Poetry Society) and it has been a wonderful…

National Writing Day

I have discovered it is National Writing Day. So I thought I should do some writing. What about? I am going to share some word and writing related unedited off the top of my head thoughts. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I don’t always talk to myself very well. I try to live as a positive, thoughtful, empathetic person…

Interview with…me

I love writing and I want to get better and better at it and one area of writing I have never explored is interviewing…so I have come up with a plan. After putting out a request on social media I have lined up nearly twenty friends who would be happy to be interviewed by me!…

Words In The City

Words In The City is a late spring poetry spin off from the main Ilkley Literature Festival in October and it has just gone through its second season. On Friday 26 April I spent the evening at The Holbeck for the Words In The City Showcase jointly organised with Wordlife. Host (and poet) Kayo Chingonyi’s…