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Worth Fighting For: The Rehearsal / 26 June 2015

I've taken part in two writing/performing workshops run by Link Up Arts at Salisbury Arts Centre, as mentioned in my last-but-one blog. As a result and by way of follow up, I was invited to take part in Salisbury Arts Centre's ...

Four ladybird book pages set in a square. The first one is of a mother and her two children in front of a chemist: the text reads 'There are many things you can buy from the chemist for the menopause, such as heroin, cocaine and arsenic. The second one is a picture of a group of policemen with truncheons. The text for that reads: 'Lads,' said the boss cop, 'we are going to support a tesco delivery person take back some chocolate from a menopausal woman. Your puny truncheons will do nothing.' Page number three is a picture of a boy and girl. The boy is licking a metal strip sticking out of a lemon, and the girl is peeling a battery. The text says: Mum cooks us weird shit, now she is menopausal. Page four is a very large man standing a weighing machine. The text says: HRT can cause fluid retention, breast swelling and fluid retention. It can sometimes make you look like a man.

Ladybird Book of the Menopause part two / 19 June 2015

Bedtime reading for the cynical and underslept.

cartoon of a male superhero head complete with wicked grin and red futuristic headpiece

Comic book Crips / 18 June 2015

I watched a "kerpow" of Superhero movies the other night, mainly because I just didn’t fancy another evening of Francis Bacon and Foucault. That’s the way I roll, sublime to ridiculous in less than 24 hours. I noticed a few things about the superhero movies. It’s something that has long ...

There are two ladybook pages. The first is a woman blowing on a bottle to make a sound. The caption reads: Since her menopause, mum likes to play 'I will survive' on bottles of vodka. The second page is a mum reading to her two children. That caption reads: Being menopausal gives you lots of practice writing death threats and ransom notes. You can read some to your children for a laugh.

Ladybird Book of the Menopause / 14 June 2015

Being menopausal is not a disability, except for the person who crosses a menopausal woman. When I was told I was heading for it, it was a surprise as I thought I had balls, until someone pointed out it was my saggy boobies slapping my thighs. Some women who reach this ...

Back to School / 12 June 2015

Back to School The bullies never stop But this time I won't let it drop I must fight Disparaging bile 'You're the problem!' Spread by those who seem servile When it’s your face that doesn't belong Purging my wrath at Survivors Looking good and acting strong Performed primal screams, satisfying But vulnerability's not gone I shone for a while but  tears never stop 'Because I've been ...

As the clouds lift over Glenderattera / 11 June 2015

As I recover from another spell of immobility and days of migraines, I am reminded of the therapeutic nature of creativity. Even in its memory it helps to maintain some sense of worth and fulfilment, keeping the wolves of depression at bay. I have chosen to show a painting from a ...

The Steinbeck quote: By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

Making: ‘Worth Fighting For’ / 9 June 2015

There are stages in my practice where the artwork production can get a little, dare I say it, tedious? If I were an old master, I would have apprentices, or Damien Hurst and I would have minions - to make dots on the canvas or to take care of the repetitious. I however, ...

The left half contains a mindmap with the word 'freedom' in the centre. On the right, close-up of crochet squares.

Our Tales Unveiled: Worth writing and fighting for / 7 June 2015

Over the last three months I did three Our Tales Unveiled workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre. These began with an excellent performance earlier involving Penny Pepper and Liz Porter. Penny's a writer; Liz is a story teller and singer. In Liz's workshop I reluctantly 'performed' a story about ...

Cosy, quirky, honest, daring… / 1 June 2015

How we live and how we die has never been more topical or relevant to our ageing society that likes to pretend we’re immortal and forever young. It’s universal, as well as our last taboo – a fascinating and compelling subject. This is why I’m delighted that I’ve been commissioned to ...