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Creativity Personal

oh baby..revisited

I love surprises! Don’t you? I especially love it when those surprises spring from the same well. “oh baby” by LCD Soundsystem. It’s a sublime song. I spoke about the joy of hearing it for the first time in my last post. Another thing that gives me joy is storytelling. Particularly visual storytelling. Films, long […]

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Creativity Personal

oh baby

I love surprises! Don’t you? With my head hunched down at my laptop in a trendy office I hummed “oh baby….” The sounds of hypnotic synths travelled through the room. “What song is this?” I asked my colleague. “It’s ‘oh baby’ by LCD Soundsystem” she replied. For decades I’ve struggled with dissociation*. I’ve found it […]

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Creativity Personal

Jump Starting a Car – Take #2

So, I wrote my last blog post “Jump Starting a Car” hoping it’d I could bring some momentum back to this blog. I published it a few days back and shared it several days afterwards. But I wrote it back in November. I didn’t make good on the intentions I set in that post and […]

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Personal

Jump Starting a Car

So, I’ve not kept promises this year. I’ve made promises to myself and to anyone who is kind enough to check for my work. My last blog post (that wasn’t a poem), It’s Ok to Not Be Ok I broke through a creative block to talk about the difficulties I’ve faced this year. I said […]

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Creativity Poetry

Golden Brown

Last year I remember clearly the moment that my artistic journey hit a new stage.  I wrote the poem 7 Bar Loop. I wrote this while attending a multi week workshop with Rachel Long.  Rachel Long is an incredible poet and arguably the best poetry teacher I’ve ever had the privilege of studying under. She […]

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Journalling Personal

It’s Ok to Not Be OK…

I’ve been grappling with what to write lately. Part of me has wanted to write a review of the year so far. Part of me wants to tackle my mental health challenges and where I’m at currently with it. Or maybe I write about both? I’m just going to write until I’ve emptied myself, then I’ll […]

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Personal Poetry

Zaynub

So, I’m currently summoning up the energy to go through heaps of notes and drafts and ideas for drafts for the blog. There’s a lot I want to say, communicate and share. But this year’s events have thrown me massively off balance. While I do that, to keep the flame burning, I’ve been performing and […]

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Poetry

Love Is a Balm

I’ve been part of a poetry reading group set up by a friend of mine I used to work for last year. It’s been great fun sharing a lot of my newest writing with them, and being exposed to poetry in Hindi and Urdu too. We get to choose between reading our own work and […]

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Personal

Saying Goodbye

Three weeks to the day today, I laid my close friend Ty to rest in South London. It was the hardest day of my life. Hands down. But I’m grateful that I didn’t have to do this on my own. I did this together with a village, MY village, a family that has adopted, due […]

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Personal Poetry

Tomorrow

I had 24 hours left to write something that I could submit to Creative Futures’, a writing competition for poets and prose writers. I ended up writing this poem and realising that it went way over the word limit that Creative Futures’ set. I decided against editing the poem down to meet their requirements. I […]