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

The Procrastinating Writer : or, What I Wouldn’t Give to be Carrie Bradshaw

I want to write. I've always wanted to write. When I was little,  I wanted to be an author when I grew up. The problem is that as you grow up, things get in the way of what you want to do. I get in the way of what I want to do too- I want… Continue reading The Procrastinating Writer : or, What I Wouldn’t Give to be Carrie Bradshaw

The Liebster Award!

Thank you so much to @Olga's Oddish Obsession for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is my first ever award and my blog is still pretty new so I'm really pleased someone noticed me, her blog is amazing and you should definitely all check it out!   Rules Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Answer… Continue reading The Liebster Award!