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
I’m performing at the El Geebee Tea Queue Festival at Junkyard Dogs on Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 April.
I’ll be sharing a poetry set at 4.45pm on the Sunday. There’s a really fabulous lineup of music, poetry, comedy and more by local artists – in one of my favourite Brighton venues!
More details on Eventbrite or Facebook.
I had a super time at Swindon Fringe Festival on Saturday, sharing Individual Medley with a warm and responsive audience in the spacious Phoenix Theatre at New College.
Here’s a nice review of the show from the Swindon Advertiser, and below are some comments from the audience.
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.
Very excited to announce that Individual Medley will be at Edinburgh Fringe for two weeks in August; at Sweet Venues Grassmarket 6th-19th at 12 midday. Woop! See you there?
So I’m swimming back on stage this year, first of all in Brighton as part of the (Brighton and) Hove Grown Festival, on 24 March 7.30pm at the Maydays’ Studio.
Then secondly at Swindon Fringe (also known as Swinge) on Saturday 7 April 2.30pm at Phoenix Theatre. There I’ll be followed by BearDog’s show Sealfie which looks beautiful.
I’ve spent some time tightening up the show with the lovely Lauren Gauge recently which was fun. And continuing to explore ideas, so I’m excited to see where it all goes this year!
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.