A simple birthday cake with five candles in the dark, on a table.

Turning thirty in a pandemic: why I’m grateful for my isolation celebration

Not only was it the start of a new decade, but I would be entering it in entirely alien circumstances. While a year ago I would have imagined a good old family ‘do’, a large gathering, a night out with friends, a fancy meal, or a city break abroad, I would instead be spending the day mostly on my own, in the confines of my one-bedroom flat, as many others will have experienced this year.

Brunette girl wearing orange writing at a table

Give poetry a chance

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.