Balance: August 2017

Yesterday, after six consecutive weeks of finally making some breakthroughs, I was discharged from therapy a week early. It feels like such a small thing now, but 15 weeks ago this entire journey felt totally insurmountable. 31 weeks ago today, an A&E nurse told me I was lucky not to be dead or paralysed. And […]

Balance: July 2017

Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally […]

Balance: March 2017

After spending most of February hosting my own private pity party, I’m pleased to report that March has been, well… better. Physically my health has improved enormously in the last 8 weeks. I’m off painkillers, I’m sleeping more sensible amounts at more sensible times of day, without sleeping pills, and my left wrist is finally […]

Balance: January 2017

Balance, January 2017

UPDATE, 3 FEBRUARY 2017: I feel so sad to be publishing this now, but I don’t know what else to do with it. I wrote the blog post below during my recent trip to Suffolk, 22-27 January, and it was due to be published last Saturday, 28 January, by which time I should have been on […]

Summer mental health resources

Mental health resources to help manage your wellbeing throughout the summer holidays – part of my ongoing content marketing work for RSCPP: Managing stress throughout the school holidays Originally published at RSCPP: School’s out and the summer holidays are here! If you’re a parent, this can be a mixed blessing – while it’s a wonderful […]

Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent

A couple of weeks ago my best friend complained “you never write anything anymore!” Actually, it’s not strictly true. Today, for example, I wrote 6 pages of notes in a brilliant lecture on Bourdieu’s view of television journalism, 4 pages of notes in an equally brilliant lecture on The Merchant of Venice and what feels […]