I celebrated International Women’s Day at Segedunum in Wallsend. Segedunum is the Roman Fort at the end of Hadrian’s Wall.

The event had been organised for women on North Tyneside to come together to talk, share ideas and experiences and celebrate International Women’s Day.

Before lunch one of the speakers ended her talk with Maya Angelou’s And Still I Rise. I was due to perform one of my poems afterwards but luckily we broke for lunch. How could I top Maya?!


I kicked off proceedings after lunch with my poem Swifts Screech and Circle in the Afternoon Sun. The poem is a celebration of creative recovery and seemed apt for the day.

After workshops, we sang along with local community choir Making Waves before sharing the inspirational messages inked onto Gail’s origami cranes.