On small acts of optimism

OK, so I probably didn't choose the best week to decide to blog a little more regularly here. There is just too much going on in the real world and, like many of you, I'm sure, I've been glued to the election news coming in from the United States, trying to stop myself from constantly… Continue reading On small acts of optimism

National Blog Posting Month

Inspired by writer Liz Ward, I'm going to gently join in with National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and post a blog a little more regularly during November. I love reading Liz at her blog and I also enjoyed her collection of essays which she published in 2018. One of the reasons I haven't been posting… Continue reading National Blog Posting Month

Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn

Recently I've been dipping into FutureLearn, the online learning platform. I like the interface of FutureLearn, I find it easy to use. Most recently, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by the Centre Pompidou in Paris caught my eye, so I signed up. The MOOC is called Pop Art. It's not so much a… Continue reading Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn

Buying New Glasses in a Pandemic

I was worried - how could I not be worried, given the news reports of the rise and rise of new cases of Covid-19 across the UK? But my last eye-test was two and half years ago and my most recent pair of glasses continues to disintegrate after several repair attempts, and I have been… Continue reading Buying New Glasses in a Pandemic

Collages of Exasperation

During lockdown, I started a new Instagram account called andothermakings where I've posted some of my visual poems, experiments with collage and assemblage, and various dabblings with word and image. Last week, I was provoked to add new pieces to the account, mainly because I didn't know how else to express my exasperation with the… Continue reading Collages of Exasperation

Proper Weeping

This week there has been a lot of weeping - proper weeping of the wet face, snotty-nose, aching chest variety. My daughter has moved out of our home and into a house share in South West London, not that far from where she was born, in fact, although she doesn't remember that, being not quite… Continue reading Proper Weeping

August Postcards

Our household of four is gathering its belongings together to make new plans in the Covid19 world. We can't really say post-covid yet, can we, since the virus is still circulating? I am writing less poetry and more prose, writing and typing, one word at at a time. As I loop ink around printed out… Continue reading August Postcards

What the real world is

This week I wore my mask every time I went into a shop or a shopping mall, which is more frequently than I had been doing.  Once Boris Johnson announced that face coverings will become compulsory inside shops in England from July 24 (or possibly July 23?  I'm not sure of the date) I noticed… Continue reading What the real world is

Not just poems

In between the other stuff, I'm taking a free online course at FutureLearn called Explore Animation.  During the lockdown, I started experimenting with my phone, making collages and a poetry film and I'm curious to learn basic animation to see if I can extend my skills and perhaps combine poetry and storytelling with animation.  I… Continue reading Not just poems

With lockdown hair and a face mask, I rejoin the world

I'm writing this post while sitting on a bench by the side of the canal in Bradford-on-Avon.  I'm writing in a small sparkly notebook and I'll type up these notes later when I return home.  It's nearly 3pm on Friday, 3rd July, 2020.  I left home just after 2pm to catch the train here, just… Continue reading With lockdown hair and a face mask, I rejoin the world