Winter time always lets me reflect on the year to come. Crisp long walks, cosy nights in on the couch. There is something about this time of year that makes me want to write lots of lists and get ready for the next twelve months. I try and make a few resolutions each year, and although most go to the sideline, I have managed to keep a few. This time last year I quit my full time job to focus on a career in theatre. I am now in a position to say that I actually KEPT A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION. Wow. So to keep the momentum going, I’ll be pledging a few this year too.
Travelling further to see work
I can get stuck in my little North West bubble sometimes, and when I travel outside of it to see theatre, exhibitions of new parts of the UK, I’m never disappointed. Of course, I’m looking forward to what Manchester has to offer next year such as Push, Qtine’s Summer. Autumn, Winter. Spring. and much more (post coming soon on what to see in 2016) but I am also excited to venture a little further out. If anyone has any recommendations that please let me know!
Read a bit more
Obviously a favourite amongst new years resolution makers. After University, my ability to sit down and read for hours has been strained (unless you count endless scrolling on i-D). After reading Stranger Than Kindness across the East Coast of America this Autumn, I started to fall in love with reading again, but mostly focused on social history, anthropology, art, non-fiction. If you’re a bit stuck on what to read, I felt that John Green‘s run down of some of his favourite books was a good place to start, from modern history to young adult there is something for everyone. Here are a few I’m planning on reading this January, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that I’ll be doing mini reviews on twitter.
Be open to further education
I love going to lectures and panel discussions to listen to experts talk pasisonately about their subject. I’ve made more of a conscious effort recentley to book places to conventions, discussion days and talks on what interests me and hope to continue this into 2016. To start me off, in January I’ll be attending: Community Engagement in the Arts as part of Foot in the Door, Archiving Women’s Performance at HOME and What Difference does Difference Make? at Contact Theatre.
Write a bit more
I’ve been following blogs such as The Skyliner for a while now, and I love reading about small snippets of social and architectural history. Combining this with my love of art history, I plan on writing and researching more on the city that I live in, and beyond. My latest post on Pomona was a real eye opener as I’d discovered a little bit of paradise that was sitting right on my doorstep, rich with unsing history, and integral to the narrative of Manchester’s booming industrial past. It’s time to refine what this blog is really about.