Posted on June 17, 2016

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A Fire

The sky flashes purple. Brown-hued clouds overhead sprinkle rain droplets through warm air. It’s 30 degrees but the trees are swayed this way and that by the electric wind. The whole atmosphere tenses with the sudden expectation of a storm. We wait. My eyelids want to close but my mind won’t switch off and the […]

Posted on May 26, 2016

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A Night Walk

Getting ready to leave, I automatically pick up my phone and then pause. I look at its shiny, black screen staring blankly back at me, the bottom half of my face faintly reflected in it. I instinctively drop it back down on to my bed. ‘I don’t really need this now’, I think, and head […]

Posted on March 15, 2016

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Mocha Guy

With the cafe I work at probably closing down in a month, I think it’s a good time to introduce Mocha Guy. As well as being my bread-and-butter and providing me with the best coworkers and work environment I’ve ever had, this cafe has given me my most treasured thing: stories. So here’s ‘Mocha Guy’. […]

Posted on February 13, 2016

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Impressions and Experiences

Montreal is…a city full of weirdos, and poets, weirdo-poets and poetic-weirdos, intense life stories shared with almost-strangers, drunken nights followed by sober nights, deep longing for friends in London and Lisbon, making new friends to miss, having several acquaintances (I don’t ever want to stop meeting new people) dusty, dirty, graffed-up, spiraling iron staircases, buzzing […]

Posted on January 26, 2016

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If we start by taking the easy way then our children will naturally want to follow in our footsteps, and soon it will be the only way they know. But if we leap up over the rapids, then our legacy will instead be all the suffering and joy of that single moment, the fear and […]

Posted on December 2, 2015

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Mount Royal

I went to see you On the Mountain today You couldn’t talk But I had a lot to say I stroked your grave face And hoped you’d feel warm For this is not yet the calm After the storm The wind shakes the tree branches Like a horse neighing its head While I still cannot […]

Posted on November 30, 2015

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Nobody will protect you from your suffering You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love […]

Posted on November 26, 2015

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Signs to come?

I had my heart set on going to a reggae night at one of the live music venues recommended to me, Divan Orange. Back in London I found a regular reggae night run by nice people with great tunes. I thought if I find a similar gig here that could be a way to meet […]

Posted on October 26, 2015

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PosterPillars

I’m quickly becoming the kind of person who hoards leaflets and newspapers. My desk is cluttered with business cards and programmes for Dance, Theater and Music events. Anything which might give me an insight into the cultural life of Montreal. I’m looking for something which will throw me into the mix. Whereas the average person […]

Posted on September 24, 2015

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Going out alone – day #7

When you get to a new country you have to do a lot alone. Suddenly you don’t have these people who you used to do things with but you still have the desire to do things. And so here I am at a Sketch comedy night at the Downtown theatre, Theatre Sainte Catherine, feeling a […]