The heart of a pigeon, and other postcards of Peacebuilding

A reflection of my time in Bosnia & Herzegovina, written for Most-Mira and CUNY's Project on Peacebuilding 2018: Democracy and Post-Conflict Politics in BiH. For more info on this exceptional course: http://www.mostmiraproject.org *  I press my forehead against the window of our van as we enter Bosnia & Herzegovina. The landscape swills, filling my locked eyes [...]

To: My Big Brother, Tom

To: My Big Brother Tom From: Your Little Sister Phoebe Cc: Our Friend Autism Subject: Some things I thought I aut’ to share Dear Tom, “For I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me.” – A.A. Milne, The World of Winnie The Pooh. Oh don’t look like that, I’m only kidding. [...]

So long, Montréal: on houses, homes and how to begin to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

Phoebe:  i found it so weird being at home, because nothing had changed, and it was like canada was this weird fantasy world that i surely hands [hadn’t] lived in for four months but totally had like when the pevensie children spend their whole lives in narnia then come out and it’s the moment after [...]

Europe 9. ROME-ING AROUND

day by day, train by train: the story of our European adventure Eagerly launching an early morning, I organised our bookings for the Vatican and nibbled on a cracker based breakfast. Once the technological deal was sealed, we set off swiftly and said goodbye to Kaila who was going to meet Serena. We arrived at [...]

Cinderella @ The Tobacco Factory (diary)

Dr Martens for glass slippers, a band of hipster birds for a fairy-godmother and an awkward asthmatic Prince: there is nothing classical about this fairytale. Travelling Light are back with the revival of Cinderella, originally directed by the specialist of the twisted-tale, Sally Cookson. Now, five years later, the clock strikes time for Chris Pirie to [...]

Neverland revisited

“Why can't you fly now, mother *** I'm 19 now, and I've devloped a rather dubious (and completely subjective) sociological theory which explains why this really is the worst age in the world. It's a carefully constructed and well thought-out social observation which demonstrates a keen lack of scientific reasoning, but  balanced by a healthy [...]

Europe 7. Ciao Lerici, we beseech thee, Flo was not fond of your Iced Peach Tea, but each of us will miss your beach, even when we reach Rome Termini

day by day, train by train: the story of our European adventure And so went our last day in Lerici, which was naturally spent, rather than Lerici, out-of-town trekking in La Spezia and the first of the Cinque Terras. Our first stop raiding the local supermarket, we then explored La Spezia with our packed lunches [...]

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (review)

The pressure was high and the colours were bright as Emma Rice painted the final strokes of her career as Artistic Director of the the internationally acclaimed Kneehigh. In an innovative explosion of music, balloons, paint-brushes, banners, torches, choreography and confetti, this production ironically may not be anything new from the company’s renowned style, but [...]