Friday, 23 November 2012

Mummy Takes To The Stage.

After months of sharing  my ramblings on the blog ( both poetic and non poetic) I have decided to take the next step in my writing journey, by taking to the stage again. I will be performing some of my material live at The Y Theatre Leicester on Thursday 29th November at 7:30 pm. Further details can be found by clicking on the following link:

This performance is a big project for me at several levels. It is a kind of comeback performance after several years of being out of it. I started singing at the age of seven and won my first poetry competition at this age and was an active child performer. At a very young age I performed on  Radio Sheffield and at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. As I got older various personal problems took away my energies to perform. However these challenges have given me an abundance of inspiration for writing material.   Since I have become a mother and joined The Phoenix Writer's Group, I have found my confidence again and started experimenting with my style. I am ready to make this comeback.

This will also be an experimental project for me where I will be bringing together Music,Poetry and Theatre, with a fusion of East meets West. I personally feel poetry gets a raw deal and needs to be made more accessible to the wider masses. The best way to do this is through performance. My own journey as an artist has taken me to the disciplines of  Music  and Literature and I will be marrying these together.

I am looking forward to this new adventure and I hope many people who have read or are following my blog will share this journey with me at some level. The encouragement and support my followers have given me has also played a huge part in my decision to take to the stage again.  I look forward to meeting some of you at The Y Theatre, Leicester next week.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

A Real Life Yummy Mummy Photo Shoot.

All these gossip magazines are full of praise for how amazing people like Victoria Beckham look. People forget about the full entourage of nannies, make up artistes etc that she has. They say every picture tells a story and so far all my blog profile pictures have done this.

 This recent picture was taken by a talented photographer friend of mine, Tony Lyons who I mentioned a few posts back. I raided my ever expanding wardrobe and chose all the outfits myself and did my own hair and make up. This was along with making breakfast for and getting a four and a half year old ready to drop off at childminders. I certainly was not chauffeur driven. After I dropped Nishka off at Childminders I went to the Writers Group then made my way to Tony's for the photo shoot.

The photo shoot itself was fun, creative and collaborative. I am not a natural poser and actually do not like having my picture taken but Tony put me at ease. Also I do not like smiling when I am forced to and like to look natural without looking too miserable. I feel Tony and I got the balance right with looking natural but not miserable.

Despite the mania beforehand I feel I looked pretty good during the photo shoot without the entourage of Victoria Beckam. I feel more of us real life yummy mummies deserve credit for been even to multi task the way we do. I'm on a learning curve on my journey as a single working mother but I feel often along with many of friends,  us mums do not credit ourselves enough. After working a full day, looking after a child alone and dealing with an ongoing legal battle many of us non celebrity mums feel far from beautiful or sexy. I am not just going to give Tony a pat on the back for a beautiful set of photographs I feel I deserve a pat on the back too.