Becoming the invisible woman

What I am learning about ageing as I am getting older “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison. A weird thing started happening to me a few years ago, I started to become invisible. It wasn’t everywhere or all of the time – in the private […]

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Fail we may, sail we must.

(Being grateful in 2020) Published for The Everyday Magazine in December 2020. Maybe I am a masochist, because the invitation to write a piece about what I am grateful for, in this year of all years, was too good an opportunity to pass up. You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 has been […]

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Saving St Valentine

There is one day of the year that is meant to fit the marmite cliché perfectly; Valentine’s Day. We are apparently meant to be either firmly in the love-it camp or the hate-it camp. Very few are meant to be indifferent to it.  For most of my adult life I have been mostly indifferent to […]

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Food parcels first – Why the way the government treats its poor is bad news for everyone

Originally published in The Everyday Magazine. If you are in the UK you can’t have missed the media uproar over the free school meals packages given out to parents homeschooling their children this week. I am one of these parents and I have a few things to say. Not just about the (sadly expected) mishandling […]

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A Love Letter to Bristol

I am a middle-aged, middle-class, liberal white woman who has called Bristol home for the last 26 years. I read The Guardian, I love a nice bit of overpriced sourdough with my morning coffee; I am mired in white privilege and I am well aware of this. After the toppling of the Edward Colston statue […]

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