I don’t have to look hard for inspiration in my daily life. I guess I’m lucky but that’s what made yesterday so special: inspiration in the morning, afternoon and evening!

Yesterday morning’s Poetry with Friends session in Whitley Bay library was perfect: two new attendees, a wonderful range of poems, good conversation and lots of laughter too.

Linda introduced us to the poems of Robert Crawford, Stella shared work by Degna Stone, Mark Waldron as well as her own work. Both she and Gail read some Emily Dickinson and we also heard work by Roger McGough, Stephen Spender, Gabriel Setoun, Stephen Crane, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Gail Curry and Edna St Vincent Millay. Oh yes and newcomer June read one of her poems too. Thank you, June and we hope to see you and Tessa again next time.


In the afternoon I went with friend Angie to visit Poetry with Friends stalwart John to show him the mock-up of his book. Angie and I are overseeing the publication and we’re all chuffed at the cover’s artwork.

Yesterday evening I was taken to see Scottish Ballet’s production of Swan Lake at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal. What a treat! David Dawson’s choreography, John Otto’s set design with Bert Dalhuysen’s lighting and Yumiko Takeshima’s costumes were stunning. All the dance artists were flawless but I feel I should mention principals Sophie Martin as Odette/Odile, Scotland’s own Christopher Harrison as Siegfried and Andrew Peasgood as Benno.


The icing on the cake was conductor Benjamin Pope and the Scottish Ballet Orchestra’s handling of Tchaikovsky’s music.  Wonderful! The evening made me think of my inspirational ballet teacher, Eve Trew MBE who continues to inspire young dancers in my hometown of Gateshead and beyond. http://lowfelldance.co.uk/home/1861089