Disney Tag

1. Favourite scene in a princess movie? The scene in The Princess and the Frog where Tiana sings Almost There. It's actually quite emotional and shows how different Tiana is from some of the other princesses in how hard she's working to achieve her dreams/ 2. Last Disney movie you watched? Lilo and Stitch- I… Continue reading Disney Tag

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Disney Princesses Don’t Wear Glasses

We've all grown up with Disney princesses- and from Snow White (1937) to Moana (2017) we've seen a diverse range. We've had a medieval Scottish princess, an African-American frog princess, and a...Mermaid? I mean... that's pretty diverse, right? SHE HAS A TAIL!   Of course people want to see more diversity in the princesses- because… Continue reading Disney Princesses Don’t Wear Glasses

Work Placement Day 3: Calder Kids, Kylo Ren and Comic Strips

Today I worked with Judy Mazonowicz and the artist Paul Gent at Calder Kids Adventure Playground. Calder Kids is a place for children with various disabilities, where they can play in the amazing playground and participate in other activities throughout the day. For this workshop, the children played a game where they rolled a dice… Continue reading Work Placement Day 3: Calder Kids, Kylo Ren and Comic Strips

Work Placement Day 2: Pumpkin’s Poems, Farmyard Fun and the Amazing Push Poem Machine

Today we returned to Rice Lane City Farm to work on more poems with the children at the playscheme. We brought with us The Amazing Push Poem Machine, which has been part of The Windows Project since the 70's. To use the push poem machine, you throw a small ball at it, which will (hopefully)… Continue reading Work Placement Day 2: Pumpkin’s Poems, Farmyard Fun and the Amazing Push Poem Machine

The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Anyone familiar with Facebook is also likely familiar with the popular photoblog, Humans of New York. It is a relatively simple idea- the creators take a picture of somebody on the streets of New York City, and ask them questions- which results in the excerpt that accompanies their photograph, which can be anything from a… Continue reading The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Work Placement: Day 1- Rice Lane City Farm, Poetry Writing and Pumpkin the Goat

Today was the first day of my university placement with The Windows Project, which involved a visit to Rice Lane City Farm, helping young children get involved with writing and poetry. I travelled in with the poet Eleanor Rees and set up in the farmyard (near a very lovely goat named Pumpkin!) to begin our… Continue reading Work Placement: Day 1- Rice Lane City Farm, Poetry Writing and Pumpkin the Goat

“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and… Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club