IWD • There are many ways to inspire. You can be an activist, you can go into politics, you can write books or give speeches or just lead by example. Or you can do all those things and become a bloody amazing spoken word artist. ____________________________________________ • Hollie McNish @holliepoetry • Hollie is a poet and spoken word artist who writes about motherhood, womanhood, sisterhood. She captures all the emotions of growing up, growing a baby, growing into a mother. If you’re not familiar with her work, her Ted Hughes Award winning collection “Nobody Told Me” is an excellent place to start. We’ll even let you borrow our copy. And if you get the chance to see her live - do that! We saw her last year at #cheltenhamliteraturefestival and she was incredible. We laughed, we cried, we were inspired.
What a hugely challenging but inspiring year 2018 has been. Hoping that in some small way we made a bit of a difference with our Good Grief Project films, presentations, retreats and workshops. Astonishingly our documentary A Love That Never Dies was screened in over 25 UK cinemas all with Q and A’s not forgetting Chelt Lit Fest, Women’s Hour, BBC Breakfast and more. As we enter 2019 we will be releasing the film WORLDWIDE. A Love That Never Dies (the clue is in the title of the film) is dedicated to all who have experienced untimely loss and in particular the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister and who have struggled with the stigma, silence and discomfort that is grief. Let’s all get braver in 2019 and overcome our fear and helplessness around this difficult subject. Thanks to old friends and new who have stuck by us and supported our work. And most importantly thanks to everyone who has shared their stories of love and loss. We would love you to stay in touch with our latest news by signing up to our website www.thegoodgriefproject.co.uk #loveneverdiesfilm#grief#love#hope#winstonchurchillfellowship#documentary#siblings#cheltenhamliteraturefestival#photography#bmj#bbc
YO HO HO, ME HEARTIES!!! Here at Colour Club HQ, both twins have the pox ( unlike the summers faux pox...which turned out to be hives)... It turns out that my amazing lack of sleep has given rise to loads of creative ideas....No doubt I shall pay for it with some offshoot malaise....But anyway, of course you can expect a lot of creative workshops for all ages for 2019 and I’ll be selling vouchers from next week...BUT FIRST......Christmas!!!!!!!!! 🌈⭐️8th December⭐️Family Colour Club is at the marvellous @shccheltenham at 10.30am⭐️Compared to other sessions it won’t be THAT messy and your take away items can fit in a pocket!! Just perfect if you are off to the Elf Hunt at Pittville Park, or the pantomime or shopping after etc⭐️💕💕💕We’ll be reading ‘A Very Pirate Christmas’ by Timothy Knapman and fashioning our own peg doll robot pirates! HURRAH!!!!⭐️It good for little hands and big minds⭐️£5/£4 for twins / multiples! Booking very much advised🌈⭐️email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how 😍#christmas#artsandcrafts#cheltenham#cheltenhamrocks#yourpocketmightendupsticky#saturdayfun#creative#creativechildren#artworkshops#creativefamilies#literacy#artandliteracy#cheltenhamliteraturefestival#cheltenhammumboss#birthdaypartyideas #christmaspartyideas#cheltenhammaman#thecolourclub2018
Recently I was out and about in Cheltenham with fellow @bristolbloggers and @Cotswoldbloggers checking out all the main ‘landmarks’ along with the free events at the @cheltfestivals Literature festival! It was also a great opportunity to find out more about the Regency cycle trail - and to enjoy a fabulous lunch and tour @cotswoldgrangehotel which is just an absolute gem of a hotel! Have you been there yet? It was so lovely to get out there and really see what the town has to offer! Thanks to @visitcheltenham for a fab day out! There’s a link to blog post in bio. What’s your favourite place and why? 😊 #ourchelt#visitcheltenham#lovecheltenham#cheltenham#cotswolds#cheltenhamlife#cotswoldbloggers#bristolbloggers#bloggerlife#cheltenhamliteraturefestival
My second snoop today was @maggiescheltenham to take some photos of the architectural detail and capture the feeling inside this sanctuary. I picked up a copy of @maggies_cookbook created by my lovely friend @culpepper_co and @shadowplay_design who compiled meaningful recipes donated from lovely celebrities and lovely non celebs too, they then made and photographed each and every one. Food photography was by @shadowplaymedia ALL profits go to supporting the center. £20 | @maggies_cookbook
Obviously one of the highlights of the festival is meeting all the wonderful authors, illustrators and publishers who make my job possible and all the more exciting...🎪📚 It was a pleasure to meet previous Children's Laureate @chris_riddell , and I was a little bit more than thrilled when he signed one of my school's books and drew in my own book (a present for James) too!! Here's a repost from @christinafw - Sorry to @gregjames17 and @chrissmithstagram for not being able to make your signing as I did last year, but thank you for signing my Kid Normal bag! Big thank you to my lovely friend @barbarapendrigh for giving my copy of The Boy and the Bear to @corderoyt to sign - what a treat!🐻 And lastly, I haven't got a photo but I met the inspiring illustrator Helen Oxenbury who graciously signed a handful of my books my mum had bought to the festival especially (I asked her to sign her new biography for my mum afterwards!) Looking forward to actually going to some of the events next year! 🤞✨✨
Just like a crazy person, I decided to work 19 days in a row in order to return to Waterstones for one last time. Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018 - in a tent full of children's books is where I'm meant to be 🎪📕📗📘📙🎪 Thank you in particular to @megjamesillustration and @christinafw, it was a pleasure to work with you gals again! Xx Time for sleep now.
Cheltenham Literature Festival done ✅ hardest and longest I’ve ever worked and I couldn’t have made it through without this banging team - so grateful for having them around (including the people I didn’t get drunken selfies with). Highlights of my festival include: talking about dogs with Richard Curtis and Jaqueline Wilson (not together), seeing Attenborough, meeting one of the loveliest authors ever (@saschaloske ) and helping @gizzierskine get cat hair off her jumper 🐱
Friday, @bolt451 and I went to a talk at the lit festival. It was about the rise of people moving away from Christianity towards paganism and other 'alternative spiritual practices'. It was really good, I don't think I heard anything new but it was just great to hear other people talking about things I'm interested in. The talk was with two women - one who is a secular tarot reader, the other a Wiccan who had written a book (at 21!) about Wicca. She didn't go into weather she took the psychological, engery or full on belief view of her beliefs but they only talked about the psychological view. That's what Freya finds most interesting, I do mostly but am more open minded and been surrounded with that dude of life much more so float about between all the views. One of the great things about witchcraft and paganism is that it doesn't really matter what view you have! If there is nothing more than psychology to it, it doesn't matter as psychology and the placebo effect are real and can have major benifits to people. As you can see, I've collected a few books over the years, I also used to have one called 'The real witches kitchen'. I've read bits of all of them (save the new one) but most of then are Wicca based. Wicca just never grabbed me. Parhaps it was as people seem to see it as a teenage phase, the nameless, faceless or celtic divine Goddess and God didn't grab me, for something that speaks of the importance of balance its very female centric (which is great don't get me wrong!) but on reflection made me uncomfortable in a way I didn't yet understand, the arseholes (as every 'community' have), the tales of slightly dubias beginnings in the Edwardian times, etc. I'm ashamed to say it but Marvel putting LGBT elements into the MCU and comics is what started my interest again.
#cheltenhamliteraturefestival Was amazing as I got to see British National Treasure, #montypython#ericidle and get a Signed autobiography. I then briefly while trying to discretely walk into the guarded VIP section, meet #lennyhenry... Lenny who was very polite. I finished the day by making my way through the crowd in the Town Hall, with a good friend, Sophie to meet and have a signed copy of Emmy award winning actress #sallyfields autobiography. Sally was a gem to meet. I know my mum will enjoy her birthday present. For the younger Instagramers, you may remember Sally as the mum in Mrs Doubtfire with the late comedy genius, #robinwilliams or Forest Gump. The older generation will know from such films as #theflyingnun, #smokeyandthebandit With the late great #burtreynalds or Steel Magnolias and most recently Lincoln... Thank you Sally, Eric and Lenny for being you. You are my inspiration, so it was such a pleasure to meet and see you there. X
Books. I have feckin’ thousands of them - many still untouched. Not a page turned or creased or underlined (yes, I do that). It’s like an addiction. I. Just. Can’t. Stop. Buying. Bloody. Books. Is there a word for a compulsive book buyer like me? Feck, perhaps? Anyhoo, you’re going to be so proud of me because I’ve adopted a new ‘one in, one out’ rule. I do not buy one book or one single item of clothing now without giving away one item of the same thing. So, on my recent bimble around the Cheltenham Literature Fest, I didn’t buy one single book (despite seeing hundreds I wanted), simply because I haven’t recycled any of my old books yet and I can’t break the rule I’ve only just set myself. Right?
A poor quality photo, but wonderful to hear the great Eric Idle talking (and singing) about an astonishing life in comedy at the #cheltenhamliteraturefestival today. Monty Python of course, but much more besides. Can’t wait to read the ‘Sorta Biography’ and look forward to the Spamelot movie being made next year..! 👏👍🎶😂 #alwayslookonthebrightsideoflife
I’m a feminist but on my way to watch the guilty feminist live show I walked a particular route that enabled me to pick up some cosmetics on the way... #theguiltyfeminist#cheltenhamliteraturefestival @xstarxsparklex @bexter.t @theguiltyfeminist
I’ve really enjoyed @cheltfestivals this year. I’ve taken in a lot of information about a lot of different topics that lots of people have opinions on - and now I’m trying to work out how I personally feel about it all...my brain is exhausted! 🙈
I’m generally quite a cynical person so I find it difficult to get too excited about anything in particular (sad I know). But these past couple of weeks I have been like a child in a sweet shop at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. I’ve heard @afuahirsch speak about what it means to be British, @akalamusic uncovering hidden historical truths about the British Empire, Lenny Henry speaking about his inspiring journey to becoming a household name, insights into the hardships of the Windrush generation and so many wonderful women taking about the power of women and overcoming the challenges we face. It’s been a festival of straight-talking, eye-opening and unedited discussions and it’s been bloody brilliant. It reminds me of why I love live content so much and do it as a living 😄 We’ve rushed home to get the roast going but we still have one talk left to go with Gina Miller which I’m really looking forward to. I have a hard work week ahead with some intense days of networking in a very closed-off middle-aged white male dominated industry and I definitely needed that little reminder that I’ve got this💪🏾👊🏾 . . #cheltenhamliteraturefestival#afuahirsch#akala#lennyhenry#windrush#blackbritishlife#blackhistorymonth#literaturelover#booksbooksbooks
I spent the weekend at the Cheltenham literature festival. It was a great place to be, full of readers and writers and literary giants. . The talk I primarily went there for, was Richard Curtis. He was excellent, such a positive guy. His outlook on life is pretty awesome. And his charity work is just such a humbling thing to hear about. His daughter was the interviewer, and she was excellent too - funny, professional... And she had pink hair! Well done Scarlett! (Her book is called 'Feminists don't wear pink (and other lies)' and it's now on sale). . I obviously took this chance, to get myself a signed copy of 'Blackadder - the whole damn dynasty'... Does it matter that I already have it? No. Will it look fab in my collection? Of course. . #cheltenhamliteraturefestival#richardcurtis#blackadder#bookstagram#bookblogger#signedcopy#feministsdontwearpink#scarlettcurtis#nevertoomanybooks#pinkhair#books