Butterfly

The other week on Gaydio (shameless plug alert, listen at gaydio.co.uk/nw) we spoke to Susie Green from Mermaids, and Caroline Hollick from Red Production Company, about what life is like for gender variant young people and their families in 2018. I'm really chuffed with this item. Firstly, because despite being an LGBT+ radio station, we don't produce anything like enough trans content. And second, because … Continue reading Butterfly

We need a world of geniuses.

Sliced bread? The internet? Paper money? Televisions? Telephones? Teleprinters? Glasses? Candles? The wheel? Would inventing any one of those things make me a genius? How about passing all my GCSEs, A-Levels, a degree and a PhD? Nope. Well, I don't think so anyway. See, geniusness isn't about discovery. Nor is it about having a good memory, or a sudden flash of imagination. It's about intelligence. … Continue reading We need a world of geniuses.

A boy sits on the floor, alone.

‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying

I’m walking across the school yard outside the science labs when this kid comes right up to my face. He has one hand in his bag. I must have looked like I was about to pass out with fear, because that’s how I felt. “I’ll be watching you this weekend. I know where you live. If you go out of your front door, I’ll be waiting for you with my gun, and I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you. Got it?” I believed him. Continue reading ‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying

Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.

Today, I was in Manchester. So much of what I saw this afternoon was ordinary people, living their ordinary lives. I hope I’ve captured just a little that quintessentially British mood of  ‘keep calm and carry on’. Yet at the same time, so much was strange and seemed horribly out of place. The armed police; the touching tributes; the quiet, respectful mood in St Anne’s … Continue reading Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.