Nothing To Say

Sometimes, I worry I’ve got nothing of value to write and say in this blog. The fear of sufficiency freezes me and I sit staring at my laptop. A voice inside tells me: “You’ve already written that blog post. No one will want to read that.” Yet nowadays, with social media, everyone has a microphone. [...]

Afraid To Say It

One thing I’m sometimes ashamed to admit is that I study Catalan. As I’m coming to the end of my university degree, I’ve had a few conversations recently with people (often older folk!) who have been asking me about my plans for the future.  “What are you studying?”  “What are you going to do with [...]

Ask Your Question

Last week, I attended a video conference with a Valencian musician called Xavi Sarrià. He recently recorded the soundtrack for a film about the murder of a pro-Catalan Independence and anti-fascist boy in the 1990s. His family and friends have been fighting for nearly 30 years to have his story told and it was fascinating [...]

FOWOT and FOWOWS

I’ve written extensively in this blog about my concerns about social media. I try to use this medium to share my thoughts. I don't want to conform to how the algorithms and social media corporations want us to use their platforms. But I would be lying if I didn’t say I fear and worry about [...]

A New Form For Fridays

The other week, I wrote about how much poetry has helped me deal with my thoughts and feelings throughout this global pandemic. I've been writing my own since the first national lockdown in England back in March. I've barely shared it with anyone. It was something just for me. But a few days ago, I [...]

Bravery

I’ve been reading The Librarian of Auschwitz and came across this thought-provoking extract. The protagonist, Dita Kraus, is told that if she is to become the Librarian, she will have to be very brave: "Brave people are not the ones who aren’t afraid. Those are reckless people who ignore the risk; they put themselves and [...]