Love and…

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Are you all right?’ Alison leans forward, a hand reaching out to touch Tim’s knee. ‘I’m fine. Really.’ ‘You’re very pale.’ ‘It’s the heat.’ He rearranges himself on the blanket, ‘I’m not very good with the heat.’ ‘You’ve always been okay with it before.’ ‘Well, it’s not normally this hot,…

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Good on Paper interview: Craig Parkinson

It’s been ages since I posted any kind of writing update and if you’ve read Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter… then you’ll understand why this update is so short! Though 2017 may not have been my most productive year in writing terms, I was given the wonderful opportunity last summer to interview […]

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The problem with (and joys of)…being an introvert

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” – Audrey Hepburn It would be fair to say that I have always been somewhat withdrawn. The questions: “You’re very quiet, are you all right?” and “You […]

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Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter…

I haven’t written on Bellyful of Art for a long time…an embarrassingly long time. 2017 brought with it more challenges than I ever could’ve imagined, and I struggled for a while to see where or how I could find a place for blogging in the clutter of endless paperwork and complex emotions that had become […]

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The Ultimate Writing Prompt

I’ve been fighting my way out of a writing rut recently; wrestling with intangible ideas, struggling to shape words into sentences. I find myself procrastinating, sitting in front of my computer idly searching the web, knowing that the best way to break the block is to write, no matter how awful the result. And yet… […]

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Guest Post: Running Through The Darkness by Chris Cowcher

I am truly honoured to be offering up my blog as a platform for the following guest post. My lovely husband, Chris, has suffered with depression throughout our ten-year relationship and I have seen first-hand how this debilitating disease can drag even the most cheerful person into a state of utter despair. In the past […]

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Alexander James Wood @ Line Gallery

  Currently on show at SVA’s Line Gallery are Alexander James Wood’s A1 and A0 screen prints. Overwhelming the small exhibition space with their vivid colours and graphic style, it could be easy to overlook the little details that really add depth and character to these pieces, choosing instead to focus on the artist’s skilled […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States (with images)

In March this year I had the pleasure of visiting Ellis Island – America’s former immigration portal and home to my great-grandparents (William and Alice) for seven weeks during 1926. Walking through the empty rooms and hallways, knowing that my ancestors had once done the same, was a surreal yet enlightening experience and one that I […]

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Battle Lines

It was her face, I suppose, the way she looked at me; panic mixed with relief. It wasn’t an expression I was used to. In fact, I was braced for her usual “when will you learn to grow up” rant or her equally ineffective sigh of disappointment. But instead, as I pushed open the door […]

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ARTIST ROOMS On Tour: Bill Viola

Bill Viola’s work is mesmerising; both in terms of its content and its unique aesthetic. At The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham, three works from Viola’s The Passions series are showcased in a small darkened room, their glowing presence evoking an eerie yet oddly calming sensation made incongruous by the busy shops and noisy streets outside. Moving […]

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Love Is Enough: William Morris & Andy Warhol

‘Love is Enough’ ran from April 25th – September 6th 2015 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and my review of this exhibition was published last July by online film, music, style and art magazine, Kolekto. Unfortunately, I no longer have access to the images that ran alongside this piece, but you can still see them here. When thinking about […]

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You Gave Us Our Childhood

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
You gave us our childhood when we were too young To know what it meant and yet still we clung To your hand as you held us, to the scent of your clothes To the sound of your laughter, to the words that you chose You gave us your love…

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Rules To Live By, Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted the first two installments of this Tiny Tale, so if you need to refresh your memory, please follow the links: Rules To Live By, Part 1; Rules To Live By, Part 2. My father died shortly before my first child was born. Despite my grief, I found comfort in the […]

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Guest Post: Christmas, by David Grant

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
How many people this Christmas Know what Christmas is for? Eating and drinking and spending And parties by the score Do they know what they’re celebrating And what Christmas is for? Has it all been lost to commerce With everyone wanting more? Spending what they haven’t got On things they…

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Do Ho Suh: New York City Apartment/Bristol

Another review from the Kolekto back catalogue. Installed from March 28th until September 27th this year, Do Ho Suh’s ‘New York City Apartment/Bristol’ was brought to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in association with local contemporary arts centre, Arnolfini. Displacement is not a new emotion. Perhaps we have all experienced it to a greater or lesser […]

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