Shameful (non) self-promotion

CW: confidence issues, mental health, the world. Last week, I was talking on the phone with my DSA mental health mentor. She was asking me how I was doing with my dissertation proposal, and I told her in honesty that I hadn’t had the opportunity to work on it in the past couple of weeks: … Continue reading Shameful (non) self-promotion

Bentfest talks

Next week, Bentfest will host a series of talks on their Instagram Live if you want to tune in. The queer punk London festival will host a few of us at 6pm BST: Images: Bentfest. Monday, 18th May, Kirsty Fife zine reading and discussion of class, DIY politics, academia and more. Tuesday, 19th May, Sop … Continue reading Bentfest talks

Isolated proximity in pandemic times

CW: COVID-19, health risk, self-isolation, quarantine These times are scary and uncertain. People are ill and dying due to selfishness and inconsideration from the government and the general public. It was not until this week that universities and other institutions shifted their services from presential to online, while pubs and leisure centres were only closed … Continue reading Isolated proximity in pandemic times

Book Review: Jackie Hagan – Some People Have Too Many Legs

featured image credit: Life on the Slow Lane. Going to start posting book reviews here every now and then because content. Content warning: mental health, leg amputation, near-death experience. On video: this, plus family death, internalised fatphobia. In 2013, Jackie Hagan was given the opportunity to work on a play about growing up. Around the … Continue reading Book Review: Jackie Hagan – Some People Have Too Many Legs

WORD! Presents: A Generous Lover

On Thursday 12th September, I'll have the privilege of opening for fabulous, kaleidoscopic, multimedia British-American performer La JohnJoseph. They will bring their show A Generous Lover to Attenborough Arts Centre. The true, and very queer tale, of one soul's journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Selected as one of … Continue reading WORD! Presents: A Generous Lover

(Re)Learning

Image: lisaleo via Morguefile. Previously, I told you I would talk more about neurodivergency later, so here is that later. As I've said before, I am doing a part-time Master's Degree because I felt like doing a full-time one would be too much work, specially since I hadn't been in Higher Education for ages and … Continue reading (Re)Learning

Back into The Habit of Journaling

Image: DMedina via Morguefile. Gee, I haven't been here in a g e s. Last time I wrote something was in October, which more or less happens to match with the time I started my Master's Degree in Cultural Events Management at De Montfort University. After my last adventure into Higher Education — a full-time … Continue reading Back into The Habit of Journaling

A Body Project: Cynthia Rodriguez On Their Chin(s)

A few months ago, I went to Manchester for a photoshoot for the online magazine Bustle. It was for the series A Body Project, led by the talented journalist Marie Southard Ospina and portrayed - on its Manchester leg - by Paddy McClave. The series highlights people of all genders, races and sizes, and particularly focuses … Continue reading A Body Project: Cynthia Rodriguez On Their Chin(s)

The Tube of You

Dunno if I've mentioned it already, but when my therapist found out I was trying to do "poetry stuff", she told me to film myself and upload the videos on YouTube. It sounded terrifying. I mean, I'm going to therapy and stuff. Why would I want to be so "exposed" to mockery and disdain? That's … Continue reading The Tube of You

VIDEO: How to Leave the House in Times of Trouble

The world sucks sometimes. You've read on "Craig David" about a lot of the boogers that happened in the world, and that was just for ONE WEEK. The following weeks kept getting worse and worse in small and great scale: police brutality, terrorist attacks everywhere, your parents damning this country to hell and validating those who … Continue reading VIDEO: How to Leave the House in Times of Trouble