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Ahh, The Jolly Postman – that most soothing and escapist of children’s books…

A firm favourite of mine as a child; it has truly stood the test of time, both in terms of commercial sales, and in terms of my personal connection to it. It is still a book I find myself turning to from time to time; drawing comfort from the drawings and envelopes and my many happy memories of having it read to me.

Chronic Illness Chronicles #2 – The Jolly Postman

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The song of the moon

News | 9th June 2023

I’m very passionate about nature, and it’s a key influence that’s always cropping up in my work, my head, my heart… a constant part of me.

It brings me great joy and peace; it helps me stay calm. It reminds me that I live in a world designed with incredible detail, and much of it is detail I can’t see. There are entire micro-worlds hidden below the soil and nestled in the hollows of trees that I may do my best to notice and consider my impact on,

The song of the moon

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Over four plus years of being ill, I have never managed to reach a state where I’m entirely happy with a day in which I ‘get nothing done’.

Western culture is centred around ‘what you do’ and we pass judgement and assign value to people according to this idea. There were times in the past where I held jobs that were seen as being of less value, and people didn’t quite know how to talk to someone who was a sales assistant or a housekeeper.

Chronic Illness Chronicles #1 – The Nightjar and the Hare

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I’ve published a poem!

News | 18th April 2023

My poem ‘Chronic’ has been published! This is the first time I’ve published a poem, and I’m really happy to get the chance to share writing about chronic illness with more people.

Living with chronic illness is exhausting and demoralising, but it has also opened up new worlds for me. I’m more aware of nature, I see tiny details, I take life at a slower pace. I always want to get better,

I’ve published a poem!

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