Category: Writing & Journalism

My experience at a Dutch Poetry Slam

As part of a college article, I had the unique experience of attending my first ever Dutch Poetry Slam event. The criteria being to look at how creative events impact a city. Keep reading to find out how the night went.

(Edit: I also managed to get the piece published on this website: http://www.cityofliterature.nl/u-slam/, so if you want to have a look at it over there that would be lovely <3)

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On the first Wednesday of every month poets and onlookers gather in the Theatercafé de Bastaard, in the buzzing cultural city of Utrecht, to take to the stage of U-Slam.

The event is a Poetry Slam Contest, free for anyone to enter, organised by the art organisation Het Literatuur Huis which is based in the city.4

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Letters to Spring (in the Netherlands)

Dear Spring,

2nd of February 2018,

Yesterday I officially moved into my new apartment, in my new college, in a new town and in a new country. You’ve made me feel right at home, Spring, and the weather here is not much different from back home. Though everything around me is strange and new, I’m settling in OK and taking everyday as it comes. Thankfully I’ve already found people to embrace this new adventure with.

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Interview: I am a woman in Afghanistan

As part of a college assignment last semester, we were asked to write a report on an issue of our choice, that is effecting a developing country. I chose to the theme of gender equality and with the magic of the internet, I managed to get in touch with an inspirational female vet in Afghanistan. She told me her story and how she and many others won’t let the force of inequality crush them. 

The Nowzad veterinary clinic in Kabul is revolutionary in many ways.  The clinic, which relies on donations for the work it carries out, is the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan. They offer practical training programmes for veterinary students and they provide vaccinations and care for animals, that have been adopted by soldiers in war torn parts of Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya and Kuwait. The clinic also proudly boasts that its staff include Afghan female veterinarians, something that is considered a ground breaking achievement in Afghanistan. One such vet who Nowzad put me in touch with, is Malalai Haikal.

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Letters to Winter

Last year, after being inspired by a video I saw online, I decided to write a series of letters to Autumn. 

I really enjoyed penning together these strange letters and getting in an unusual frame of mind where you have to imagine a season is a person, with feelings and a personality.

This year, I’ve decided I’m going to do the same, but instead I will write to Autumn’s friend and foe, Winter.

 

Dear Winter///1

10th November 2017,

You’re finally here. Today walking to college from Pearse St, I felt the sting of  your coldness on my cheeks and the warmness on my skin from the early sun. This was your way of letting me know, it was time to welcome you back.

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Bad brain days

I’m generally a very happy person . I experience other emotions too, though normally I am some type of happy- excited, content, giddy. But at some point during the summer I started feeling down; having a sad day isn’t unusual but this manifested into a sad week… where my brain felt numb to the point where I stopped feeling dejected and just felt emotionless.

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