Why I do drag & new article for The National Student

Over the past few months, drag has become an integral part of my life. For a while, through shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, and following drag performers on social media, it was simply as a source of inspiration and confidence as a queer person; a title I never really accepted as my sexuality was something I wanted to keep private and disconnected from my work.

However, drag has helped me explore and embrace this aspect of myself, encouraging me to grow as an individual and creative person. It has also introduced me to a community I love and identify with,  in which I see a tangible future for my art, journalism and as a performer.

In another post, I’ll go into more depth about why I do drag and why my drag as an AFAB performer is valuable, but first, I have some news to share:

Along with adopting a drag queen persona (which you can check out on my other Instagram account ‘Stella Marbles‘), I want to use my journalism to give drag more exposure, in my small way, sharing the incredible art and individuals that make up this diverse community in the UK and further afield.

To kick this off, I’m starting a series of articles for The National Student called ‘English Eleganza’ in which I’ll be interviewing and showcasing drag artists and performers from around the UK. In the series’ first article, I interviewed drag queens Cheryl Hole, The Vivienne and Ellie Clark.

You can check out the full piece here and stay tuned for further instalments! 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Collection: Shackles & Scissors

At the end of last year, I wrote a little poetry collection called Shackles and Scissors. I hesitated before deciding to share this collection because it is always daunting putting your creative work out into the world, especially when it’s close to your heart, as these poems are. I put a lot of (quite real) sweat and tears into these poems, wanting to capture the rawness of loss in a way that not only speaks truthfully to my own life but to others’ as well.  

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Already I look back at some of these poems and cringe, because they’ll always be works in progress to me, but eventually you have to let go of your darlings, and I think a little imperfection is what makes poetry so human. 

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I tortured writing it!  

The link to the collection, again:  Shackles and Scissors

2017 Highlights & New Year Thoughts

2017 has been one of the most difficult years of my life, but equally the most transformative and rewarding. It was a year in which my sense of self was knocked down again and again, but in these moments of uncertainty and loss I learnt more about myself than ever before and grew exponentially in the process.

I went from struggling to find the beauty and motivation in the everyday to revelling in it. Losing my sense of comfort in how I understand the world (and myself) forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and learn to cherish and prioritise what really matters to me.

Before I talk about what I have learnt from 2017 I wanted to share some highlights of my year:

  • I had incredible experiences travelling to Florence, Montreal and Tilburg in the Netherlands for the first time

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