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Monthly Muses | April 2019

We are fast approaching the middle of the year already, and as things are speeding up, I am finding it hard to make time for my blog.

I promise I haven’t forgotten you!

Sure, I’m sharing theatre reviews and poems on here, but it’s been a while since I wrote a proper blog post, you know? Like an opinion article, a thought piece, a column entry…

May is set to be an equally manic month. I’m busy (nervously) preparing for the Hammer and Tongue National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st June (I’ve never been so scared in my life) as well as a number of other gigs that same week. Plus work, weddings and keeping myself alive.

This is why I’m not sure I’ll have time to blog properly for another month or so – but bear with. I’m sure I’ll have something to say soon!

On that note, If you fancy seeing me and hearing my poetry in action, you’ll be able to see me perform at three different events next month:

Anyway, less looking to the future and more looking to the past; here’s what I loved in April this year.

yellow tulips lying on an open book

Rocky Horror

April saw me go to the theatre a couple of times; one of which was to see the cult classic Rocky Horror Show at the Mayflower. I still can’t get over the image of Duncan from Blue in suspenders…

You can read more about what I thought of the show (and Duncan) in my review.


Hastings featured in my April 2017 Monthly Muses post and…it’s back, two years later, for pretty much the same reasons!

Mum and I visited during the Easter holidays and spent the day doing classic seaside things. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s still one of my favourite seaside spots.

Zara perfume

I bought a mini Zara perfume for my sister’s wedding last year, and wanted a full-size version to keep. After thinking they had sold out, I found a bottle for half price in the sale; their last one in the store.

I love Zara perfume; lovely scents to rival the big names and for a fraction of the price. I plan to invest in more!

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

This was one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. It’s a story about the theft of ideas and involves some very unlikeable characters (my favourite kind!). I want to do some proper book reviews soon – it’s something I love doing but find little time for – and this will be one of the first.

If you’re looking for your next read, bump this straight up to the top of your list.


Has anyone else watched Special on Netflix? I really don’t think this show has had the hype it deserves. It’s a wonderful, honest and heartwarming show about a gay man with cerebral palsy (played, by the way, by a gay man with CP,  who wrote the damn thing – it’s autobiographical), and his experiences with finding a job and moving out.

The beauty of this show is that it’s not hyper-focused on disability or homosexuality; they are the supporting cast of the plot. It also stars Susan from Friends who is delightful too. Don’t scroll past this one!

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

Another corker of a show at the Mayflower! This was wonderful and I didn’t stop laughing for the entire night. You can’t beat silly, slapstick comedy in my opinion. My review is here if you fancy finding out more.

Everything I wrote in April:


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