The things I’ve learned in first year

When my car rolled away from my house on 18th September last year, the last thing I saw was my then seven-year-old sister in her nightie, waving energetically through the window. I promptly burst into tears and didn’t stop for about ten minutes. I’d spent most of the summer with her, in her silly, innocent…

Review: Paramore – After Laughter

  Paramore have come a long way from their All We Know Is Falling origins of higher-pitched vocals and angsty song topics. There’s always emotion remaining, but throughout Paramore’s discography you can hear it develop a more optimistic, foot-tapping edge. When the band was reduced to only three members, the music became quieter and genuinely…

Dealing With Friendship Anxiety

Often, friendship for someone like you is walking your dog who for half the time strolls along calmly at your bidding, but at heart-stopping intervals, launches himself forward at top speed and sends you headfirst into the mud. He continues tugging and panting, certain that something is up ahead to put you in danger. And…

Sometimes at New Street

A prose poem about Birmingham’s biggest train station.     Sometimes at New Street it’s a Monday morning. Peak time. Crisp sunlight and a rush of lukewarm air, soaking her skin as she passes through the automatic doors. In the continuous and urgent bustle of the commute she is enveloped, inaudible chatter fluttering around her…

Party of the Year

A poem I wrote about social introversion, and the way it’s often parallel with the seasons. Party of the Year Promising January Pushed me through the door, After a long winter, praying for warmth. Cold drinks and the sweeping of wind For a while made me linger, But the fermented scent of strangers Or friends…

Joining the Beyhive, 80s appreciation and new music obsessions

It’s strange that music feels different to me depending on where I am, or whether I’m walking, lying or sitting. Now I’m living in a different place, it’s really easy for me to associate new music I listen to strongly with my current life and surroundings; when I’m back at home, that music simply makes…

Don’t lose faith in your passions

So, my very first post on my spontaneously-cobbled-together little blog. I’m excited. However, I’m going to keep putting full stops to leave the impression that I’m cool and unbothered by this new occurrence in my life. Alright, we all know forced apathy isn’t actually very cool, in fact it verges on rather warm. So HELLO!…