The power of poetry

I’m a firm believer in the power of positive-thinking. But also find that reflection and perspective can be useful; especially in creative work. Having recently read, and re-read, Sharon Olds’ Stag’s Leap (read post here) – I’ve been reminded of the cathartic nature of writing. After a trauma, ordering your thoughts on paper can help

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Elena – at the ICA

Last night I took advantage of the ICA’s £6 Tuesday cinema screenings and went to see Elena – winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes 2011 – a Russian film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Elena lives a bourgeois existence with her wealthy, older husband Vladimir. They met whilst she nursed him in hospital –

The Beauty Myth

Yesterday morning I stepped out of the shower and reached for my big, trusty pot of Nivea Soft moisturiser. It was empty. I started fretting. As I use soap and water to wash with – my skin is dry after a shower. And so I dashed over to the chemist to remedy my flaking face

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Classical Friday

I love listening to classical music when I’m writing… My top three: [youtube] [youtube] [youtube]

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The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

In homage to wonderful western women through the centuries, artist Judy Chicago built a triangular table with 39 place settings – using ceramics, china-painting and needle and fibre techniques. There are 13 on each side – all representing a historical figure, goddess or important woman. The porcelain-tiled floor – upon which the table rests –

Feminist Issue: Jimmy Savile

(image taken from Female First) Anyone who watched the BBC’s Panorama last night: see here will be as disgusted as I am that paedophilia and exploitation of vulnerable young women was deemed to be acceptable in the 60s and 70s. Three male journalists said that they knew Savile was taking young, *underage* women to his

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