• Maya Angelou: The Escaped Bird

    Maya Angelou or Marguerite Annie Johnson (birth name) was a Civil Rights activist, a poet, a writer and a very good singer who deserves to be celebrated during Black History Month. Angelou lived a long life, 86 years to be exact, but unfortunately her childhood was stripped away from...
  • Behind the Scenes @ NNT: ‘Super-Hero Inc.’ by NNT Unscripted

    Rehearsals for UnScripted’s first 2019 production, Super-Hero Inc. have been underway at Nottingham New Theatre. In between rehearsals, I chatted to one of the actors and writers, Ellie Eagleton. Superhero Inc debuts on Monday 11th February. What is Super-Hero Inc. about?  Where did the idea for superheroes come from?...
  • Creative Corner: ‘The Town-Crier’ by Frankie Denton

    If you go down to the woods today, you may find a stranger on a dark and winding path. I did once, when I ventured into the black pines. He stood like a shadow and when he moved, he was the shifting ebony of a dilated pupil. He was...
  • Creative Corner: What the Robin Saw

    At the end of October-month skeletons dance on the graves of our mothers and fathers. They rise to the call of the night and bring out their buried fiddles to play a jig. Only Red Jack Robin, little Jack they call him who perches on the branches of the...
  • Creative Corner: Rush Hour Rhythm and Blues

    Saxophone sirens in dissonant symphony with horn blare of hurtling hornet blur taxi cabs, streets speckled with spectators come to watch the world burn in the embers of their cigarette butts.   You stand alone, still, aside from the lurch in your stomach at each fresh cacophony and jostle...
  • Creative Corner: Womankind

    She teeters. It will take 118 years until the global pay gap  between men and women finally closes.   She waits. One foot wedged on a crescent moon of a cradle, she rocks half the world to sleep. A basket of the deep Pacific sways atop her head, brimming,...
  • Creative Corner: Reindeer Eat Snowman’s Noses

    ‘Please, call me Kate, not Catherine’ suggested that I start writing this. It might help, she offered with another of her well-meaning smiles. She also suggested that I take Ella and Theo away for a bit. How long’s ‘a bit’? Kate doesn’t deal in absolutes. Her sentences start with...