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Punjabi Women’s Writing Group

May 2018 was the start to something new, something quite out of the ordinary… it was the start to Wolverhampton’s first ever Punjabi Women’s Writing Group. There are a few Punjabi Shyiaree (poetry) groups around but none which is dedicated to and run by Punjabi Women. Offa’s Press manager, Simon Fletcher, has ...

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Sensing Helen: Sophia’s Story and Workshops

Sensing Helen is now complete. We have conducted and delivered our research, compiled an Education Resource Pack for Young People and shared our film at three locations across Dorset. The film was well-received by audiences and I will document its process in my next post when I will also reflect ...

Dancing has increased my confidence

My name is Fiona, I’m a dancer and I’m registered blind. I’ve always loved dancing. I love the feeling that music gives to dance, and having the confidence to dance alone or with a partner is so good. That’s why I love dancing at Step Change Studios’ dance classes – I ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

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Playing around with… Plays…

In April & May this year I embarked on what appears to be my annual Wandsworth Fringe show. I’ve done a show at the Fringe every year for the past three years, which is why I say it ‘appears’ to be annual. It’s a great opportunity to look at new ...

Bitterfly

Hi, folks firstly I need to apologise for lack of blog contact recently been very at work. However, my poetry has taken I further twist. I try to write two-three poems a day which means I have a big catalogue of work, which I feel needs publishing to the public. My ...

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Festival Reviews: Nicola Tuxworth reviews comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe!

MANDY KNIGHT'S The Dark Knight Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 5 stars Mandy Knight’s one-woman comedy show at the Voodoo Rooms was a performance not to be missed! It might also be handy to have a surgeon on standby as your sides will split with laughter! Within the first ten minutes of the show, the ...

Festival Reviews: Paul Mayhew-Archer’s Incurable Optimist

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER'S Incurable Optimist  Reviewed by Gavin Yule 5 stars With a mix of brilliant comedy and moving moments Paul Mayhew-Archer explains how Parkinson's disease has affected his life. At the beginning of the show Mayhew-Archer explains to the audience that this is not a show about Parkinson's disease but more about his life. ...

Festival Reviews: My Left/Right Foot – The Musical

5 stars  BIRDS OF PARADISE THEATRE COMPANY AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND Comedy and song become one in My Left/Right Foot, a comedy musical which tells the story of a local amateur dramatic company who attempt to perform an adaption of My Left Foot. The play, directed by Birds of Paradise Artistic ...

Festival Reviews: POP-UP DUETS (Fragments of Love) at the Edinburgh Fringe

JANIS CLAXTON DANCE On now until 26 August. Free performance Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 4 stars Let your mind be captivated and love every moment. Janis Claxton’s Pop Up Duets (Fragments of Love) dance show is an intriguing moving work of art, with wonderfully composed music and the soundscape of the National Museum of Scotland makes your ...