Being at LoveJam, a festival where Baby Boomers are in the Minority

I felt cynical on the way there. I knew I was going to be a rarity. Festivals often feel as though they belong to my generation. Talk about entitlement. Yep, that was me. Putting out festival entitlement. Oh no said a loud voice in my head, not young facilitators, young teachers of yoga, young breathwork […]

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Dancing Queen – from a Mitcham living room to Kensal Green cemetery

Movement has the capacity to take us to the home of the soul, the world within for which, we have no name.  Anna Halprin, a legendary dancer, innovator, choreographer who died last week at 100. The carpet would be rolled back in my Auntie Win and Uncle Len’s living room in Mitcham, Chubby Checker was […]

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My Conversion to Mountains and Other Matters

The Track Re-visited  I am here again. On Asanga’s wild land. Slow running up the track that I walked and slowly ran up during the first lockdown in March and April 2020 when I was here in N Wales, in Gwynedd and scared. Of Covid. Of societal collapse. Of the food chain failure. Of being […]

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Getting Creative as We Get Older – Go For It!

How are you doing on the creative front? Has getting older freed you into a more creative place? I just googled exactly that and depressingly it came back with endless reports about the brain being less creative as we get older. Bullshit, I thought. But I did find this from Psychology Today in 2007. ‘The […]

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Lockdown Shock – Moving In With My Partner In N Wales

For the past seven years, I have been having a Living Apart Together relationship with my partner, Asanga. He lives on his beautiful wild land in North Wales and I live in my funky flat in Harlesden, North West London. Every few weeks, we visit one another for four or five days. We are together […]

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AofA Poetry Evening – Introducing the Poets

From our inception in 2016, Advantages of Age has always had a proclivity for poetry. In 1936, William Butler Yeats, widely considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, described Edith Sitwell’s poetry – ‘Her language is a traditional language of literature — twisted, torn, complicated, choked here and there by strange resemblances, […]

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A Brief History of my Xmas Cards

Cards mean a lot to me. Birthday cards and Xmas cards particularly. I love both giving and receiving them. For me, it’s an opportunity to write personal messages, or long drawled out, hieroglyphic-looking paeans to family or friends. Yes, it’s not the cards per se. It’s the messages, the hand-written words of appreciation and love. […]

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Doing a Poetry Residential at Ty Newydd in North Wales

There’s something about starting a new pursuit and passion when you’re older. It’s stimulating in a different way. I began writing poetry when I was 55 ten years ago. Partly, because it was non-commercial. I knew I’d never earn any money from it – so it could be purely words and me. Unlike the world […]

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AofA Interview with Nuala OSullivan: Women over 50 Film Festival

Could you tell us about WOFFF and why you created it? Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) champions and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera with an annual short film festival and year-round events and film screenings. Our next festival, WOFFF18, is 20 – 23 September at Picturehouse Duke of […]

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