Dabbling in hobbies

I’ve always had lots of things on the go and I am always attracted to learning something new. I’ve finally realised that it is ok for me to try things out and see if I like them, and I love doing ‘taster’ sessions of new skills and crafts. I may take them up for a… Continue reading Dabbling in hobbies

Categorised as Creativity

The joy of ukulele

The ukulele is such a joyful instrument, it gives me a huge amount of pleasure. It always sounds uplifting. I took it up four years ago now and I’m very happy I did. I’m glad that there are whole classes in schools across the country learning to play it, I suspect they all sound a… Continue reading The joy of ukulele

Categorised as Music

Going deeper

At the end of last year I passed my grade 6 flute, which I am very proud of. When I joined my band I was grade three, and January marked the start of my fourth year in the band. In the exams I do – ABRSM – you have to take Grade 5 theory before… Continue reading Going deeper

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Thurrock 100th Parkrun

This weekend the Thurrock Parkrun celebrated its 100th run, just a few weeks before its two year anniversary. I was invited along to photograph the run, as well as Griffin Estate agents presenting a cheque for the Community First Responders for them to buy an Automatic External Defibrillator – which are popping up across high… Continue reading Thurrock 100th Parkrun

Soul of a nation

Image from Tate.org Carolyn Mims Lawrence Black Children Keep your Spirits Free

Visiting the Tate’s Soul of a Nation exhibition reminded me how important art is, how it has the power to show others how things are, highlighting what is happening, both positive and negative. This is an extremely well curated show, with the first rooms shocking in their intensity and the outright hatred and violence that… Continue reading Soul of a nation

ThAT2017 Poetry evening

Tim Harold

As part of the Thurrock Art Trail I curated and compered a poetry night at St Mary’s church in Grays. There is still time to see art work and events across Thurrock until Sunday -including my exhibition! More information here  I also read my poems too, but I couldn’t take photos of myself. What a… Continue reading ThAT2017 Poetry evening

Photography in the community

I’ve been running a series of photography workshops across Thurrock, as part of the Thurrock Art Trail 2017, where I am a featured artist. I wrote a blog post for ThAT: During this project, funded by ACE, and culminating in an exhibition at the Thameside Theatre, as part of the 2017 Thurrock Art Trail, I… Continue reading Photography in the community

Rising Tide

Royal Opera House Bridge’s annual conference Rising Tide was held at the historic Dockyards in Chatham on Thursday. The speakers had been briefed to be provocative and they certainly were. Julia Farrington in particular had me sat in my chair, jaw dropped and mouthing swear words to myself at her discussion of censorship and freedom of… Continue reading Rising Tide