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OLD, OLD, OLD – Let’s Take It Back

Reading Time: 6 minutes Old – English ald, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch oud and German alt, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘adult’, shared by Latin alere ‘nourish’. I was writing this piece before AoA – Suzanne Noble and I – went to the Byline Festival in East Sussex at the end of August 2018 where we gave a workshop there around the […]

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The Ineffability of Ageing

Reading Time: < 1 minute I buy a new bra laced with dahlias. Calvin Klein. Dress is Indian embroidered olive green silk. Shepherd’s Bush Market. Candelabras are cheaply ornate. Car boot. Oh Lord, teeth have been savaged. Dental hygienist. Like a slow moving volcano. My sixtieth. Pause for thoughts about gifts. Unwanted. Suggest pies on laps as they drive to […]

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The Death Dinner – Opening up the Last Taboo

Reading Time: 7 minutes ‘After the soaring, a peace like swans settling on a lake. After the tumult and the roaring winds, Silence.’ Sheila Kitzinger, the natural childbirth activist who died in 2015 I am 64, and entering into the terrain of my own drawing-closer mortality – yet talking about death is still forbidden. Sex is so much more […]

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La Tempête

Reading Time: < 1 minute Napoleon planted these pines, the soil is sandy but not a beach. I want to lie down, stare upwards like a child who hasn’t had enough clouds. The watery landscape keeps me upright. On cherche les oiseaux, mais on n’entend que les chants. The sky deceives itself. We talk (my French friends and I) about […]

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Poetry – how writing keeps me kicking up

Reading Time: 4 minutes ‘For a poem to emerge properly, you have to avoid confronting it. You have to keep it in sight without looking at it directly.’ Fiona Sampson, poet, in Mslexia Twelve years ago, I’d never written a poem. I wasn’t – so many say this – one of those people who started writing poems in their […]

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Flamboyance Forever!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Flamboyance has always attracted me and as I get older, the attraction gets stronger. The etymology goes back to the Old French ‘flambe’ – a flame. Exactly. There’s a burning about Flamboyance that is almost primal for me. I want to burn in exactly that way. There’s a romance to it too. The joy of […]

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The Woman Who Wore Wings

Reading Time: < 1 minute i.m. Sarah’s mum Stella hailed from startleland, uneven terrain was welcomed. She’d entertain with the intimate habits of the stag beetle, probe my knowledge of ‘Cargador de Flores’ by Diego Rivera, demand to be spoken to in French. La vedette made the everyday into theatre. Did I mention the Lalique obsession and the birdsong clock? […]

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AofA People: Rose Rouse – Co-Founder Advantages of Age, Poet, Journalist, PR

Reading Time: 5 minutes Rose Rouse, 64, is the co-founder and editor of Advantages of Age, poet, journalist and PR, On June 11th, her first poetry pamphlet Tantric Goddess is published on Eyewear. She says she sees herself as a sex and death activist. As well as an inveterate feather wearer. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? Rose Rouse HOW OLD […]

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The Importance of Female Friends

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘We increasingly seek more complex and subtle imaginative explorations of identity than societal expectations of gender.’  Alex Clark. I truly discovered the importance of female friendship in my 50s. Post-splitting up with the father of my son at 43 – I’m 64 now – I tipped myself in a giddy stream of unsuitable men. I […]

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Fuck The Ageing Black Hole, I’ll Take The Freedom

Reading Time: 4 minutes I wasn’t going to write about this at all. I was going to write about being A Recovering Drama Queen. Finally. However, very much still in the process of ‘recovery’. It’s an age and awareness thang. However before I could get to the computer keys, I read about endurance swimmer, Diana Nyad’s memoir – Find […]