I’ve had a good day, started off with the community wing of UNITE, the trade union, for their drop-in Eccles with Stef, some really useful nuggets of info gleaned about benefit sanctions, mental health cuts, pickets and a whole multitude of other issues. I’m passionate about ensuring that people know what they’re entitled to receive and have equal opportunities in accessing services which, with the current ideological war on the poor, is severely lacking. Some fantastic ideas and opportunities discussed, this had me fired up.
I decided against the cinema, opting for one of my creative haunts, the The New Oxford, observing the silly things people say when inebriated. Some good ideas and a review of what I need to do, identifying obstacles and ensuring I’m able to adequately monitor where I’m at, finally going through my extensive notes realising where I need to improve in order to achieve what I want was fulfilling.
A great talk about the Blues, music and the Jazz, and wider, scene in Liverpool with some musicians segued into my reading some prose, detailing my experiences with anxiety, dyslexia and Asperger’s. I had great feedback, with the guitarist really getting something from the way I phrased things, breaking up sentences and the rhythms I fell into made me feel good. San, also said she liked by War poem, which I found really motivating. It was good to see things falling into place.
I walked out feeling energised in how to proceed, moving forward, not ruminating or if I did dwell, it was productively so. I now have a provisional setlist for the new poems/prose taking shape. I’m going to bed a happy man.
I know it seems like I’ve forgotten you, but I’ve not. I have written thousands of words in notepad or have handwritten a number of full posts, stems or ideas, so will soon be posting those to the blog.
Your failure as an artist begins the day you look around and start doing what everybody’s telling you to do.
It’s a little late, however I thought I’d comment on it: World Mental Health Day. I attended an event at Pendleton Gateway on Friday, for the Celebrating Diversity community group. I went up to the front to let everyone know that FINALLY the government has agreed on setting up designated waiting times to access mental health services.
If you have a physical illness, such as cancer, then you are provided with mandated waiting times to be seen, however with mental health this hasn’t been the case! Many people were waiting up to 18 month just to be seen for an initial appointment!