The Chesil Theatre, one of the many hidden gems of Winchester, is this week staging Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The Chesil Theatre is an amateur theatre group who meet in a former church and stage six plays each year. This was my second visit to the Chesil Theatre this year; following their spectacular staging of … Continue reading Theatre Review – Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward
In September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI visited England. I was incredibly lucky to get to go to London to see him as part of the group from Portsmouth Diocese. Each diocese (a diocese is a large group of parishes and is lead by a bishop) was invited to take a group of young people. When … Continue reading Remembering the Papal Visit
As a first-time Swanwick student, I have been astounded by how friendly everybody at Swanwick has been. I have really enjoyed getting to meet new people and finding out about them. Here are just a few of the wonderful people that I have met this week that make up the Swanwick community, and a glimpse … Continue reading Beyond Swanwick – An insight into the lives of five Swanwick students
I hold my parents responsible for my love of talking to people. I remember, as a child, being terribly embarrassed when my family would go somewhere and my mother would strike up a conversation with a stranger; she loved to find out about them and this, of course, involved the asking of questions, “Oh no!” my … Continue reading And now for something completely different
“When we’ve moved house,” I said to my husband one evening, as I read books in bed, “can I have a little bookshelf above my bedside table?” My husband looked over at my bedside table; two tall columns of books were stacked up precariously. “What’s wrong with putting them on the bedside table?” he asked. … Continue reading The delights of being a butterfly reader
Nature is wonderful*. In an age where there is a growing drive towards 'mindfulness' we are, once again, beginning to appreciate the natural world. Perhaps it's also because we have an ever-increasing awareness of the damage that humans are causing to our fragile planet. Either way, there is so much in nature that causes me … Continue reading 16 of the most Beautiful and Wondrous things in Nature
I applied on a whim. I had purchased my first ever writing magazine and found therein an advert for Swanwick Summer Writing School. It sounded wonderful and when I went on the website it looked positively utopian– a whole, delicious week to bask in writing and meet other writing enthusiasts. The cost of attending the … Continue reading Writing Summer School – Coming Soon!