Week Notes # 4


This week has been pretty inspiring in many ways as I attended  RE:Present Masterclass Series #6 Francesca Martinez at Aston University. Francesca spoke about facing your fears and the profound power of positive thinking, gaining the right perspective and questioning society’s values.

What she spoke about really resonated with me so I bought a copy of her book What The **** is Normal from the book stand after her talk. I also met and had a lengthy discussion with two fascinating women Inès and Rosy. I think we ended up being the last to leave- whoops!

I love hearing the stories behind art so I was absolutely thrilled to hear John Stezaker talk about the exhibition he’s curated called Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucien Freud. The venue for the talk was Aston Hall, it was my first visit but I’m already planning a return visit to explore further.

When you read a blog post about ways to inspire or motivate yourself it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will refer to at least one TEDx talk. Like many of you reading I’ve watched several talks on Youtube. On Saturday I attended my first  TEDxBrum which was organised by Imandeep Kaur and her colleagues at Impact Hub. Watch this space for a post about this uplifting event.

Regular readers of this blog will know that Balsall Heath WI put on a club night called Girls, Girls, Girls (you can see my set list from the first one here) Straight after TEDxBrum I headed over to Ort to play a few tracks by female singers click here to find out what I played.


Usually I’ll link here to some uplifting article or some item I’m coveting but this week I want to share with you the powerful letter from the young woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner as I believe we need to find a way to change the culture of rape in our society.


This week I caught up with the latest series of Orphan Black. I love this show so much. I think Tatiana Maslany does an amazing job in this show – why she’s not received more awards for her roles in this show is beyond me as she equally convincing as Sarah, Cosima, Helena, Alison, Rachel et al.

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