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Picking up where I left off

October 1st, 2012 by Ayesha

And so, months later, here I am. Same desk, same laptop, new home and a bigger patch of lake. Outside my window, half the world consists of water now and all the watery things that go with it, seagulls and yachts and a steamboat or two. Last month, I read at the International English Library in Duesseldorf where I’d volunteered, years ago, when it started out as an entirely volunteer-run library. Being there was like stepping into water too, in a way. Memories lapping around my ankles and waves of friendly, familiar faces. Liz Neill, who fought so hard to keep the library open and running, was honoured this year with an MBE.  I will forever think of that evening as being steel blue (the autumnal Duesseldorf Thursday, my brand new blouse) and bright red (a bus in a black and white poster, a bag, an iPad cover, a flash of Louis Vuitton shoes).

Results of the 4th annual Battle of the Bards

March 29th, 2012 by Ayesha

I had the most fantastic time last night at the Poetry NOW event at Harbourfront Centre. All of the other poets were new to me, so it was a real treat to hear 19 very diverse and powerful voices. Luckily for me, the reading order was alphabetical, so I was fourth in line and after my five minutes could relax and listen to every one else. And here’s the very best part of it all. This morning I found out that Sandra Ridley won the competition–and John B Lee and I have also been invited to read at this year’s International Festival of Authors! It’s a dream come true.

Here’s the official press release: