My Second Monday as a Graduate

A lot of things have happened recently. Some massive milestones, and some more mundane things which have turned out to be quite exciting. Here's a little timeline of events: -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twelve days ago, I performed Joss Arnott's piece Catalyst for the first time. Eleven days ago, I booked my flight to Denmark ready to start …

Graduation: Working with Joss Arnott by Charlotte Arnold


Working with Joss Arnott has not been easy. Firstly, because every morning I have to catapult myself out of bed, because my hamstrings feel like iron rods. Secondly, because all I can think about is counts every single minute of the day. I have 6’s and 8’s and 3’s coming out of my ears and rattling around in my skull. But finally and probably most importantly it’s been difficult because I feel super emotional about this being the last time I will dance with this lovely group of people, who have been constantly around me for the last three years. We have sweated together, bled together and cried together and I mean all of these literally- there are no boundaries within our year group- we’ve seen it all.

Apart from these three things, this rehearsal period has been a dream. Everyday after I’ve succeeded in catapulting myself out of bed…

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Why do people not like books anymore?


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I dislike Kindles. I have a big problem with their systematic technological take over. I personally hold them accountable for the rising prices of books, closing down of libraries and the increased usage of audio books. What happened to the humble paperback? Dog eared cream paper, published in 1965 and still entirely readable.

I like reading well thumbed books. They have a sense of history. Other people have read them, absorbed their contents and lovingly passed them on to someone else to enjoy. Shared enjoyment and information. Transporting people to parallel universes where Emma is setting couples up, the Swallows and Amazons are warring and Bridget Jones is still counting calories. I like my phone, laptop and tv, but I’m putting my foot down on kindles.

As a kid, I used to sit on my window seat and just read. You learn so much from reading. We have been…

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