Everyday living, News

Virtual class

Last night I spent three strange hours in front of my MacBook. Normally, time with my MacBook is at worst obligatory (bill paying, filing tax returns, marking papers – none of which is particularly strange) and at best treasured (writing, reading, listening to music). So – yesterday evening I co-delivered my first live online teaching… Continue reading Virtual class

Body, Breastless, Journalling, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Interview for BMJ Medical Humanities Blog

Many thanks to Louise Kenward for interviewing me for a piece published today on the BMJ Medical Humanities Blog in which we talk about the new extended version of Breastless (published at Life Writing Projects) and about creativity when facing surgery. Louise Kenward is a visual artist based in East Sussex. She was awarded an MA with… Continue reading Interview for BMJ Medical Humanities Blog

Body, Breastless, Each Other, Excisions, Journalling, Life Writing, Memoir, News, Self-portrait without Breasts, Springlines

‘Life Writing Projects’, harvests and dreams

It's past mid-September. Summer is a mirage behind us. Back there – over my shoulder – are silvery skies, long walks by the sea and light evenings with family and friends. Autumn brings harvests, and fresh starts. Earlier this year I wrote two reflective essays about breast cancer in my family and about becoming breastless,… Continue reading ‘Life Writing Projects’, harvests and dreams

News, Springlines

Springlines at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, 9 June – 14 October

The latest Springlines exhibition has been in the plotting stages for at least two years, so I'm really excited to report that the show opens at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on 9 June and will run until 14 October. The town of Tunbridge Wells came into being thanks to the mysterious rusty red… Continue reading Springlines at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, 9 June – 14 October

Body, Event, News

‘Eric Gill: The Body’ at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, until 3 September

Ever since I first came across Eric Gill's work for The Golden Cockerel Press when I was a student of fine bookbinding, I have admired his art whilst feeling an intuitive ambivalence about his portrayal of the female body. So when Fiona MacCarthy’s biography of Gill was published in 1989, revealing (from Gill’s meticulous diaries)… Continue reading ‘Eric Gill: The Body’ at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, until 3 September

Landscape of Andalucia
Breastless, Each Other, Journalling, News, Springlines, Writing retreat

Working hard in paradise

I have never before been away for two weeks to an artists' residence or colony, just to write and work to my heart’s content, but I can really recommend Fundacion Valparaiso if this is something you feel inclined to do. The formula, to my mind, is perfect: each artist has their own large studio/room (if you… Continue reading Working hard in paradise

Event, News, Take Me With You

Welcome 2017 and bring on the Parsnip Soup!

Three weeks into the New Year and I haven’t broken a single New Year’s resolution. But that’s because I don’t much like resolutions and I didn’t make any. Resolution implies something that can be decided on, put to bed, removing all doubt. I don’t think life is like that. And one of the earlier meanings… Continue reading Welcome 2017 and bring on the Parsnip Soup!

Event, News

‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.’

I've always liked that line from Robert Frost's ‘The Death of the Hired Man’. The Poem-a-Thon in Brighton on Sunday 11 December is raising funds for the Refugee Council which does excellent work helping refugees and asylum seekers – who have suffered terrible losses – find the openings they need in order to feel at home… Continue reading ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.’