Poets, Perspectives, Triathlons and a Solstice…….June 2015Posted: August 20, 2015
POETS, PERSPECTIVES, TRIATHLONS AND A SOLSTICE…….JUNE 2015
Well it was a packed month looking back!
First up was the YOUYOU Mentoring ‘I’M A STORY TELLER’ project.
Stars from stage and screen gathered in the the historic home of poet John Keats to lend their support and read short stories and poems penned by young writers, mentored under the YOUYOU Mentoring scheme.
Nyasha Duri, Phoebe Thomson, Olivia Maxwell, Louella Ward and Poppy Turner were beneficiaries of the scheme and had their poems and short stories read by:
The wonderful Laura Pradelska is a long time supporter of YOUYOU MENTORING and her reading of Nyasha Duri’s beautiful short story is available to listen to on SOUND CLOUD HERE:
Thank you to all those who attended and gave their time, it was a lovely event.
Leanne Best, Nicholas Pinnock, Laura Pradelska and Georgina Campbell. (Photo Sam Errington.)
(Photo: Chloe Thacker.)
A few days later and we are off to the My Perspectives awards ceremony, held each year at the Orangery in Kew gardens.
This is possibly my favourite night of the year.
Of the 250 entries entered into the competition I am tasked to ‘whittle’ it down to 25 images which are then sent off to a panel of judges to select their favourites. The annual competition is open to anyone with Down’s syndrome and the only rules are that:
1. You must have Down’s syndrome.
2. You must have taken the photograph yourself.
This years entries were outstanding and it was very difficult to edit them down. The eventual winner was David Kenward.
David has entered the competition before with very strong images, so it was great to see him win. You can see more of his work by clicking HERE: David Kenward Facebook page.
Thanks once again to Katie Pinnock and her team at GlaxoSmithKline for their continued support of this competition and the ceremony.
Then the Blenheim Triathlon loomed it’s head, a bit quicker than expected and with my twin brother racing I was going to have to put some effort in, especially as he is now a member of a ‘tri-club’ and competing in Olympic distance races!
We had great weather and although he did beat me, it was only by a minute and a half, we raised a ton of money for the charity ‘I Can Dance’, so it was a great day all round.
Here we are just before the swim and me on the last leg of the run.
And then……..there was a trip to STONEHENGE for the Summer solstice!
I hired a 17 seater minibus, filled it with family and friends and headed down to Wiltshire on a Saturday afternoon.
We wandered in and out of the stones, mingled with Druids, hippies and hula hoopers, got about an hour of sleep and then up again to see the sunrise. We were very lucky that there was a ten minute window where the clouds cleared long enough for us to see the sun come over the horizon, before disappearing behind the clouds again.
It was a truly memorable experience, lots of ‘characters’, banging of drums, and there was something really very special about being able to walk in, around, and to touch the actual stones. I think I must be a punk turned hippy, or at least a ‘cynical mystic’!
And it doesn’t stop there, as the following week I was in Hamburg, for a very enjoyable time shooting animals for a Greenpeace calendar…….but that can wait for another time!