What am I like?

I have been living alone for one week. Before living in multiple house shares I lived with a partner and this is the first time all by myself. In the run up to my move I wondered what I would be like when no one else is there. Co-habitating with the intimate strangers who are…

(D)own the front

Mclusky’s iconic, ludicrous, fabulous, barnshackling rock wonderpiece ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’ opens with 16 strikes of a hi-hat. Then a crunchy riff. Hi-hat and vocals. “Eat what you are while you’re falling apart and it opened a can of worms”. Crunching. Hi-hat and vocals. “And the gun’s in my hand and I know it looks bad…

SatArtDay

A day of art in Leeds! I visited the Henry Moore Institute to see the ‘Senga Nengudi’ exhibition. It’s great! I learnt about Nengudi for the first time. From the programme; “Born in Chicago in 1943, Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazer in sculpture for fifty years…her work is characterised by a persistently radical experimentation…

A timely artistic celebration of migration

Left Bank Leeds recently showed ‘Critical Mass’ by Eva Mileusnic with an accompanying Bob Birch sound piece. Across a series of 30 workshops at various Leeds arts institutions in 2018, members of the Leeds community produced 1300 plaster cast ‘feet’ using twenty molds. Each pair of feet had a stamp of a part of the…

My year in poetry

2018 has been an amazing year in my poetry life. I have been running a monthly poetry book group and it has completely transformed how I read and enjoy poetry. We have read a great and diverse group of poets; Lorna Goodison, Geoffrey Hill, Helen Dunmore, William Blake, Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Federico García Lorca, Imtiaz Dharker,…

One hundred years between women

A quick post linking to my final published writing for 2018. I was very lucky to review ‘Not Such Quiet Girls’ for Girls That Gig on its opening night. It was an exceptional show. It was part of the proliferation of cultural events in 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice and it highlighted…

Plunging into Harrogate

Thanks to a visit from my sister I have finally had a proper explore of Harrogate, the notoriously picturesque and fun town in north Yorkshire. First up – the Turkish Baths. It took me a while to get the routine (shower, steam, shower, plunge) sorted but once I did I found the whole experience exhilarating….

Leeds Log Day 730

On my first day in Leeds I wrote on Facebook; “Leeds log day 1 – it’s all good”. This time last year, on the first anniversary of my move I wrote a blog post with my top tips for moving to a new city on your own https://inaflowerdress.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/when-i-first-came-here/ Today I thought I’d share a brief year two…

Happy Birthday Red Ladder

Red Ladder Theatre Company, with the support of Leeds Playhouse, recently put on a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ to celebrate their 50th year of being a radical theatre company with a “mission to…highlight social and political injustice”. Written in 1939, Mother Courage and Her Children is set in the…

16 minutes and counting

I recently watched a film in which the central female character is a runner. In the film she is involved in a high profile and stressful trial and she goes running late at night through London as she tries to cope with the strains and pressures of the days in court. This is a minor…