Today is my birthday! What better way to simultaneously celebrate and recognise my anxieties about ageing, than write an Honest Haiku?!
I wanted to write a little poem dedicated to this time of year. It's not witty, or clever – to be honest it's pretty basic – but it's full of my love for flame and spark.
October was a manic month, with barely any time to write creatively due to plenty of theatre reviews and freelance projects....though I still managed to get a lot done too, somehow!
The English National Ballet has brought Manon to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre for just four days, before it heads to the London Coliseum in January. This production is rarely toured in the UK, and so this really is an exciting opportunity to see something different!
In keeping with the Halloween feel that comes with the end of October, an eerie, dark and unusual show has arrived in Southampton.
I finally have the next installment, to my poetry series. This one was actually part of another poem, but I chopped it off so it had its own starring role.
I'll be honest, I had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the theatre, but I found myself partying, laughing and even shedding a few more tears than planned at a surprisingly emotional ending.
Showing in Southampton until the 13th of October, The Unreturning explores what it really means for soldiers to return home after combat, and how the fight continues once they enter their own homes.
This is it; the evenings are longer, the jumpers are out, and I am well and truly embracing my extra inbuilt layers. Autumn is here; the most wonderful time of year. Where did September go?
We have been brought up seeing poetry as this thing to take very seriously; a high-culture something to think deeply about. And so many people don’t think it’s for them. I don’t think that’s the case at all. It’s time for this to change.