Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see
Grace has flat shoes
So she can be first on the scene
When someone is hurting
Quick and steady down corridors
On toes ready
To switch and swerve as the day changes
As heart rates and blood pressure vary
Grace runs fast
Like a river
Beside the river
Flows like a river
Changes the colour of the scene
The city would not survive without her
Grace rocks the high heels too
The ball gowns and suits
First and last to party
The night away
The night away
Because her feet dance the light in
When fear closes in
Grace keeps the doom, the gloom at bay
Grace is deeper than she seems
A well of unexpected kindnesses
Poured out to those that need
ALL that need
ALL THAT NEED
No fences erected here
Grace is a gift
Sometimes… her feet might
Ache or blister or bleed
Because she doesn’t stop moving
Even when she’s tired
She keeps on giving
A diagnosis, a prognosis
A pat, a nod, a look in the eye
Because Grace walks for miles in other people’s shoes
She has seen the best and the worst of the world
Within four walls, a curtain, a fluorescent beam
She keeps on keeps on despite her feelings
This glorious and broken world only sees the iceburg tip of her strength
And Grace is an army of feet
Grace is all of you here
Invisible heroes of the midnight hour
The ones for which this poem cheers
— a poem for my sister, Grace, who is a junior doctor and for all those working hard in the NHS caring for people
In March I spent just over a week in Mumbai, to teach some creative movement workshops with my friends from Movement in Worship and The Arts Collective Mumbai.
It was great to explore the city, eat good food and meet some inspiring people.
Here’s a video from the kid’s workshop we did, exhausting but lots of fun!
I wrote a poem while I was there too. Spirituality has always been a big part of my writing journey. Even when I have questions and doubts (which is often), picking up a pen or moving my body helps me feel more connected and more hopeful.
I’m happy to be performing on Friday 22nd December at Junkyard Dogs as part of their fundraiser for people sleeping rough in Brighton. Of which there are many, sadly. I’ll do a few poems alongside comedians and musicians, should be a cosy and fun night! More info on Facebook.
I teamed up with Share Your Story and Tick Tock Bridget to present an evening of “Stories on the Move” – and bring my solo show back to Brighton. It was great to perform to friends who’d missed seeing at Brighton Fringe, to share it in a different (bigger) space, and notice how it’s developed and changed in the last few months.
Tick Tock Bridget performed their dance piece, “Rejoining Jane”, which brought laughter, funky moves and whimsical music to the scene, and we shared a Q&A session afterwards about creative process. A lovely night and hopefully the start of more collaborations!
I had the privilege of being ‘Poet in Residence’ at a gathering of around 100 people from across the South of England. All of them were involved in different ways in local community projects, changing their part of the world for the better. My task was to listen, learn, ask questions, and write and perform a poem summing up the less-than-24-hours they had together. DREAM JOB I tell you! 🙂
There was plenty of inspiration in that short amount of time and I loved hearing people’s stories and motivations and also about the challenges they face. I hope my poem was an encouragement to them all!
“Thank you for your stunning contribution to the two days. The poems were so beautiful and poignant”
I also shared my “Resurrection” poem [listen on Soundcloud] with the group, as it tied in to their ethos and some of the conversations that were going on.
“You have a truly unique voice, and you navigate the subject with intelligence, creativity and beauty. There’s a delightfully whimsical quality to the poem that is nevertheless incredibly powerful, building to a genuinely emotional crescendo in the last stanza.”