As I travel I am shuffling and challenging my thoughts. I am considering more what I want to do when I return to the UK… and more specifically, Manchester. Many of my ideas have directed me towards the importance of community and artist development, in each case, around music. At SXSW there was a lot […]

If we’ve ever spoken for more than 7 minutes, I’m likely to have brought up the Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron. I thought it was worth trying to explain what and why it is. If nothing else, this should make me more able to articulate its importance in the future. So what is it all […]

How goal setting turned me into Monica’s mother.   We live in a world of #youcandoanything. Like many people, I bombard myself with empowering Instagram quotes. I have become quite the inspiration addict.   Inspiration should be handled with care.  My best sources of #youcandoit quotes combine two themes: #followyourdreams (i.e. focussed goal setting); and […]

If I’m honest I joined Escape the City’s Idea Accelerator programme last summer because I was terrified of quitting my job as a City lawyer.  I hoped that being around others who had made, or were preparing to make, a similar “reckless decision” might normalise the whole thing for me. This basic objective was fulfilled […]

As the train pulls away from Paddington Station, it dawns on me that I am no longer a London resident. After 7 years of living and working as a lawyer in the City, I am moving away. I would be lying if I said I’d enjoyed every moment.  However, without London, I wonder if I […]