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AofA People: Lorraine Bowen – Performer, Singer, Crumble Lady

Reading Time: 6 minutes Now known as The Crumble Lady, Lorraine Bowen won David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent and has attracted tens of thousands of new fans of all ages; children are singing the Crumble Song at school, as are grown men in factories. Lorraine Bowen is a unique performer! Quirky costumes, original idiosyncratic songs, vintage […]

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Aof A People: Mish Aminoff Moon – Artist and Photographer

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mish Aminoff Moon, 63, is an artist and photographer. She captures images every day with her camera – from her particular perspective, details of London life. She blogs at https://www.mishaminoff.com/ with her photographs being the main focus. Mish took some amazing shots of our Dance Me To Death performance; no one else had her eye. […]

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

Reading Time: 9 minutes 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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AofA People: Mat Fraser – Actor, Writer, Musician

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mat Fraser is a disabled actor, writer, and musician, who’s been in American Horror Story: Freak Show, His Dark Materials, Silent Witness, and played Richard III on stage in 2017. His writing has been sometimes awarded, and recently, published. His solo show “Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept in a Box”, won the UK’s Observer […]

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The Culture Interview – Isa L Levy, artist and psychotherapist

Reading Time: 5 minutes Isa L Levy, 72, is a London-based artist and psychotherapist who has just published her memoir, Conversations with a Blank Canvas: From Nowhere to Somewhere Decades of Change and Transformation. You can buy it here. What prompted this memoir? Two clairvoyants told me I had to write my life story: one 40 years ago and […]

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Getting Creative as We Get Older – Go For It!

Reading Time: 7 minutes 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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AofA People: Mychael Owen – Brand Builder

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Mychael Owen has built 10 brands of his own and has advised some of the world’s biggest brands – at board level – how to build theirs. In his late 40’s, Mychael ‘wiped the slate clean’ and closed all his businesses to pursue what he felt he was born to. These days, Mychael ‘Builds Braver […]

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The Culture Interview – Monique Roffey

Reading Time: 7 minutes Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer of novels, essays, a memoir and literary journalism. Her latest novel is The Mermaid of Black Conch, (April 2020). Her novels have been translated into five languages and shortlisted for several major awards and, in 2013, Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature. Her essays […]

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AofA People: Hanja Kochansky – Writer

Reading Time: 3 minutes A refugee during the Second World War to Italy, in 1948 Hanja Kochansky went to Johannesburg as an emigrant. In 1966 she played one of Elizabeth Taylor’s handmaidens in the film Cleopatra. In 1972 her book Women’s Sexual Fantasies was published by Ace Books in New York and became a best-seller. She is currently writing […]