I have to say a big thank you to my friend Kath Burlinson this week for promoting my poems on her website as part of National Poetry Day and giving me loads of encouragement, as always. I have known Kath since I was 9 years old and I don’t think I’ve met a more positive person. Thanks to her efforts, I’ve been contacted by the poet Em Strang and discovered her amazing poetic talents. I’ve also had very generous and encouraging words from the Scottish poet in residence, Rachel McCrum. I will be on Amazon shortly getting all available books by both poets.
The Wild Atlantic Words anthology came this week and I thought the competition and quality of the writing very strong. I felt privilidged to have two poems in it. I also received an email from Mslexia and have had a poem accepted for the December issue which I found very exciting and also stressful (am I good enough? The usual worries).
It was my birthday this week and I’m now 37! I celebrated by watching The Girl on the Train and found Emily Blunt excellent as Rachel. I was disappointed it had been re-located to New York though. I love the commute into London, passing gasometers and the backs of terraces. This was an essential part of the novel that can’t be replecated elsewhere. I had the next day off and spent most of the day in bed before going for tea to a hotel by the river and a great bottle of French wine.
I am worried about what’s going on in the world at the moment. It had got worse and unrest is bubbling away on many fronts.
It’s World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10th October). Working as a mental health nurse, I believe totally and without question that mental health has an equal impact on lives as physical health. It can be worse because the pathways to recovery are still in infancy (no surgery, pins, plaster casts). Hope and resilliance are the best tools, but they can be hard to come by. I give everyone struggling with mental illness my support (for what it’s worth) and I know there are horizons on the other side of the struggle.