Hosting and organising the Brighter Days Tour has been one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Sharing my poems in three cities which have all played host to some significant moments in my life (and in the creation of Dark Nights into Brighter Days) alongside some truly amazing guest performers has been so special.
The Brighter Days Tour has also taught me a great deal about myself and the journey I've been on to create Dark Nights into Brighter Days. Let me explain...
The third and final stop on the Brighter Days Tour saw me return to my university city of Coventry. The city has some significant memories for me, most of which are good but others are more difficult.
The venue, Shop Front Theatre, was just a stone's throw from my old student accommodation and the three performers who joined me - Fay Whitfield, Helen McCarthy, and Seline Cornfield - wowed the crowd. So, for the final time, here is another Brighter Days round-up!
The next leg of the Brighter Days Tour saw me return to my home county of Leicestershire. Despite moving over a year ago, Leicestershire still holds a special place in my heart and always will. So, it was only right that it was the next stop on the tour!
Fearon Hall in Loughborough was the setting with its beautiful ballroom playing host to three fantastic performers. Charlie Staunton, Fay Whitfield, and Leanne Moden, all took to the stage with their breathtaking sets. Take a look at the poets in action!
Wow! Just wow! The official launch of Dark Nights into Brighter Days in Worcester was simply incredible. Even writing this blog post the day after, I'm still buzzing!
I've always said that writing is a journey. Whether that's a blog post like this one, or a novel like Heartbound, writing has given me a lot over the years. Now, I'm adding a poetry collection to the list of journeys.
That's right, my first ever poetry collection is now available! To celebrate the release of Dark Nights into Brighter Days, I'm going on a launch tour spanning three cities; Worcester, Leicester, and Coventry.
Mental health can affect anyone at any time. It's estimated that around one in four people will experience difficulties with their mental health, yet despite this, there is still a stigma surrounding the issue. This stigma, in turn, prevents people who are struggling reaching out for help.
In 2014, my battle with depression reached a critical point. One January night, I ended up in hospital having self-harmed and let me tell you, that was one of the scariest nights of my life. I still remember the pain and the question 'What have you done?' running through my head. I wouldn't wish that experience on anybody.
"What do you write?"
A question I'm asked more times than I can count! If you'd asked me that question a few months ago, I would have said 'novels' and I still would today. However, I'm now adding a few other bits and pieces to my bag of writing tricks.
Thanks in no small part to my recent move to Worcester, I'm now branching out into poetry, flash fiction, and the fast-paced world of performing.
Yes, you read that right... performing.