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
Projects don’t always go to plan; and Creative Breaks was a classic example. But failing, and running into the failure at full speed, is a great way of learning and improving projects for the future. Continue reading I’ve been thinking…
Trying new things, they say, is good for you. So what about revisiting old ones?
On Monday, I met the 2016 Creative Breaks team for the first time. In some ways they’re very different to what we were like twelve months ago but in other ways they’re just the same, finding their feet in the first days of an exciting adventure. Continue reading “Breaking new ground. Again.”
Yep, I think it’s time I just accepted it: my life is weird.I mean I try to be normal but it’s like I just attract strangeness. Like a magnet. That strange, smelly, drunk guy on the bus always sits next to me; getting poo-ed on by birds; being travel sick on a train. I mean seriously, who gets travel sick on trains! Continue reading “Another collection of disasters in the land of geeky weirdness that is my life.”
This is a video from the “brainhighways” channel on YouTube that I stumbled across while researching the ADHD project. It just struck a chord with me for its honesty and openness. If you’re an educator, perhaps there’s something in remembering that it’s not a class of thirty students you’re teaching, but rather thirty individual students in your class. Continue reading “Dear Teacher: Heartfelt Advice for Teachers from Students.”
Art in Mind, like my new project on ADHD, could not have happened without generous people giving of their time and, often, heartfelt experiences. To help them tell their stories is a real privilege that I hope I never take for granted. Continue reading Stories it’s a privilege to share.
Death, as they say, comes to us all. To wake today to the news of Sir Terry Wogan’s passing is no less heartbreaking for that. From my all too brief experience working in the media, I can only imagine from others what a joy and pleasure Sir Terry must have been to work with. I certainly know firsthand how personal and intimate he could made … Continue reading A dheis Dé go raibh a anam Sir Terry.
One of my little bugbears is how so many of the great mental health resources that are our there (there are some there, honest… you just have to spend days of your life hunting for them) are so badly presented. In this day and age when there are eight-year-olds producing iPhone apps and writing code, then there’s really no excuse for poorly presented resources. Apart … Continue reading The Worry Tree, a free Anxiety and Mental Health resource
Being a fledgling filmmaker, I occasionally watch something and really appreciate the sheer effort that went into making it. This is one of those videos. Plus it appeals to the science geek in me. Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading Favourite films: “Strange Charm”
Creative Breaks, as well as allowing me to work on a great film myself, led me to work alongside other amazingly talented film-makers, artists, writers and others. One of those people was Alex Webb, and the Jam Street team who worked on the truly awesome film You, the Silence and I. There’s nothing I can say about it that comes close to expressing how much … Continue reading You, the Silence and I