Cardiff Times December Contributions

Thought I’d compile what I’ve written for the Cardiff Times blog for December!

The first is my review of Zena Blackwell’s debut solo exhibition at Cardiff MADE. I loved the exhibition even more than their carrot cake – and I’ve been having dreams about it.

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And my second one is about my relationship with food. Complex and ever changing – like most of us. It’s just little tiny vignettes into different stages of my life so far and how my attitude towards eating has changed, maybe even healed.

Let’s not ignore that cracker of a picture. Me diving right in, Rob posing. Also that brownie had a layer of cookie dough on it and was from the lovely Vegan Live festival in Alexandra Palace.

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Cardiff Times November Issue!

IMG_0376I’m excited about this. Quite literally buzzing. I know it’s December now, but I wanted to share my first article in print. It’s a double page arts feature for Cardiff Times. A few cheeky wobbles from overwhelming tides of inadequacy and I got there!

You COULD read it in print – last month – but it lives on forever on the website.

I was lucky enough to be invited back to one of the places I featured in the article. Arts cafe, collaborative work-space and gallery, cardiff MADE, to review Zena Blackwell’s beautiful debut solo-exhibition ‘seen, not heard’. That’ll be coming sometime in the next month – I’ll share the link when it’s published! But there’s been a few more in between so I thought I’d include them below if you’re interested!

I had so much fun attending the Cardiff International Film Festival (click here for the article).

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And of course, the gluttony and joy of this! I got to review the Welsh winners of the 2018 Great Taste Food Awards! (click here to have a look!)

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That’s it for my November contributions. If you’re in need a queen with some opinions and no authority to share them, hit me up.

‘February’ and Cheval 11

9781912681082_1024x1024.pngI recently had the pleasure, in all of its terror, of reading my work in front a packed audience at Swansea’s beautiful Dylan Thomas Centre. As one of the writers included in this years publication of Cheval 11, I had the opportunity to meet other writers from the area, and the rest of Wales, including this years winners Katya Johnson (1st prize), Michael Muia (2nd prize) and Thomas Tyrrell (joint 2nd). Hearing each story and poem read in succession could not have hammered home harder how remarkably different these works are to one another. In perspective and style, the diversity in talents of the prize winners is breathtaking – as are the rest of the works by the 31 writers printed.

Cheval is fabulous. Existing as both an annual anthology and an organization dedicated to nurturing and publishing young writers. Aida Birch, the organisation’s founder, started with the joint mission statement of honouring her late partner, Welsh poet Terry Hetherington, while giving mostly unpublished writers with an opportunity to see their work in print for the first time. As well as every year providing one young writer with an incredible £1000 in recognition of their talents. With Parthian assuming publishing responsibilities, the book is beautiful. The cover itself , this year, being designed by Rose Horridge as a part of the publisher’s design competition – opening up Cheval’s opportunities to artists in the community.

If you’re thinking about entering the competition of 2019, entries are open now and all the information is available on the Cheval website. The book is published by Parthian and is £8.99.

And while you’re at it, my poem ‘February’ is the very last one, gracing page 147.