Poetry, stories and knitting

Derby Silk Mill Meets Awesome Poets

The next gig in my diary is at the fantastic Derby Silk Mill – Living For The City. I’ll be performing alongside some superb poets and if that isn’t enough to have me flying high for weeks, I’ll also be entertained by Mr Mullet Proof himself – looking forward to seeing his one man show – God Save The Teen.

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Laughing and crying 

The Fault in our Stars by John Green has me laughing and crying. Superb topic that has me thinking and challenging my own views especially  with regards to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  



Power in Poetry 

Looking forward to performing at Djanogly Theatre on Saturday 24th October. I’ll be performing something new, something old, nothing borrowed and maybe something blue!  

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Bill’s New Frock

I’m reading this book with a group of 7 boys. It’s interesting to hear their comments about a boy waking up and finding himself in a frock. Six of the boys I’m working with felt it would be the worst disaster ever, only one said he wouldn’t mind,  as he has two sisters and he could just be one of the girls.

I asked them about the front cover of the book and whether Bill was a boy or a girl. They all said he was definitely a boy for a number of reasons.  They said:

1. He has hairy legs and girls don’t have hairy legs (I beg to differ).

2. There was a football in the picture and girls don’t play football (differing again).

3. He has a plaster on his knee and boys are always getting cuts and bruises.

4. He has a muddy patch on his dress, boys are dirtier than girls and girls like to be smart and pretty. Plus the muddy patch looks football related.

5. His socks are blue and they are also not pulled up smartly.

6. His knees are dirty.

Not one mentioned the characters name.

Loving their responses to the book just as much as the book itself. It’s very good for promoting gender based discussions.

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Nottingham Black Archive 

It’s great when you see all sorts of people interested in knowing about Black History, it makes all the hard work we do at the Archive worthwhile. 

To be at the forefront of documenting Black history is a huge responsibility but one worth the challenge.  Look at how engrossed people are in finding out about Nottingham’s Black authors. 


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Write Black to the Beginning 

The launch has happened, interest has been generated and the first meeting date has been set for the last Thursday of every month. Excited? Yes, definitely. Anything that highlights, promotes and develops Black writers in Nottingham is right up my street.  


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