Category Archives: Music

I ran the Great North Run! A whole 13.1 miles for Gateshead Youth Council!

I DID IT! I ACTUALLY RAN A HALF MARATHON! I said I would run the Great North Run, I fundraised for Gateshead Youth Council. And I bloody went and ran a whole half marathon. It has taken a little while … Continue reading

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When everything feels awful, until running reminds you it isn’t: on conquering 10.5 miles Great North Run training…

I haven’t written, or even ran as much as I’d like recently. I don’t know why I thought I’d keep up with writing weekly running blog posts, on top of working full time, when for half of my job I’m … Continue reading

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Running my way out of a pandemic: Great North Run training week 5. (Running in the rain, getting lost, coming last…)

This week started off feeling very much not like spring, we had about all of the seasons possible, and most of them are weather you’d rather avoid running in. Not decide to go out in it by choice. we had … Continue reading

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What therapy and a pandemic has taught me about connections

Like many people this year, I’ve gone back to therapy. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to make that re-referal now, sometimes It takes a bit of prompting from others and other times, I just know. I … Continue reading

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I stand with the women who are exposing the darker side to folk and traditional music…

(TW sexual abuse/harrasment. And it’s important to note; given the world I’m about to talk about, where everyone knows everyone. Despite my best efforts to keep identifiers to a minimum, some of you might recognise places or people. Especially if … Continue reading

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Do I fit in here? On questioning a sense of belonging…

“I really admire your tenacity to conquer adversity,” I’m told. I’ve accepted these compliments, that my achievements have been noted and that I’ve had some degree of impact on other peoples lives. We all crave attention. Human connection. To feel … Continue reading

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An open letter to anyone who’s ever got me…

We hear of the lack of support, discrimination in education and at work, misunderstandings, difficulties and trauma, and I have had my fair share of those. Apparently more than someone who’s just reached 30 should. But what about everyone who … Continue reading

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Thank you for the music

This week I learned of the death of my former violin teacher, news that was sudden and has shocked the music world and many of his former pupils. I was devastated, and with almost a week to process it, I’ve … Continue reading

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