Blogging is brilliant, after all there is only so much knitting one can do in retirement and I don’t knit, play bridge or croquet. Croquet reminds me of the Red Queen, hedgehogs and flamingos for mallets in ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
I am a Londoner at heart but moved to the South Coast seven years ago, soon after my mother died in very sad circumstances. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster. But there’s plenty to do. Walks on the beach and the downs, theatres, cinemas and meet-up groups. I tried standup comedy, writing groups, singing, craft courses, studying creative writing and poetry at Sussex Uni.
I conserved my collection of 200 family marionettes including those that were made and performed on the West Pier in the feature film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ in the 60s, made films, tried to de-clutter my life.
Making friends – Many people have lived here all their lives, they have their own family and friends and sometimes there’s simply no room for any one else! Special interest groups can be so well established that new comers are not really welcome. Yes I knew it wasn’t going to be easy if you don’t have young children and/or a dog! Took a while but have some friends now.
My partner plays the flute and the fiddle but learned to play the banjo and the mandolin once we moved down here. He likes to do his own thing and therefore found it difficult to fit in. However a really friendly musical set up, called the Cellar club was particularly welcoming and now he is in his element.
My blog It really started off as ‘Finding my feet in Brighton’ to cheer myself up. I had already tried to retire three times unsuccessfully!
I decided to include news, reviews, events, things that I find interesting, photography, home spun philosophy, visits to interesting places around Brighton but also London. Gradually a readership came out of nowhere.
please click on this link for the latest post.
My poetry – Poems about people, places, life, death and aging as well as a few about my life in puppetry. I add a different poem from my book each week on my new podcast (started in 2015) on Fridays. It is a bit of an indulgence but at 74 I don’t care!
Please click on the following link.
I started to talk about my poetry on this blog on the poetry page on the header but now it feels a bit out of date.
I have always been a compulsive writer, I did some freelance journalism, wrote play but came to poetry later in life. I am fortunate to have attended a course at Sussex University with John McCullough six years ago and prior to that courses at Avon. However it was John’s encouragement that led to self publish my book. Here follows the one and only ad. on this site!
You have been warned.
Both b/w and colour versions also available from Lulu or Amazon and as an ebook.
1. The book is lovely in colour and and as an ebook is probably the best value at £5.00 but other options follow.
Order now on Amazon by clicking on the links below
Black and white edition
John McCullough says – ‘Ann’s poetry covers the big topics of love and death with originality and satisfies the reader’s heart as well as their head. Take for instance the title poem which is full of surprises yet also wonderfully poignant. The energy of her work leaves you feeling revitalized and seeing the world afresh’. John is author of an award winning book ‘The Frost Fairs’.
Kiersty Boon says – ‘This collection of poems, fully illustrated by the author, is a wonderful journey from a magical childhood of puppets and seaside towns. The delicacy of the difficult stages of life and memories experienced are offset with humorous anecdotes and magical tales for young and old alike’ – Kiersty Boon, poet and author.
The illustrations are oil paintings, prints or pastels that are appropriate to a particular poem – others were especially designed for the book.Example from b/w version
The West Pier – pen and ink – Robin – oil on heavy paper.
Colour print for ‘Weaving Spells’ in the colour edition
2012 Joint winner of competition judged by New Writing South competition at the Hatchery Poems in a local anthology.
2013 One of my poems was short-listed in The Bridport Poetry comp. I was also on the long list for a poetry pamphlet with Cinnamon Press.
My short films – please click on the page for films on the header on this page. Many films have been made since moving to the South East seven years ago. Burning the clocks, Virginia Woolf’s garden etc. Some have 9.000 hits others 20 so take you pic. Or click on the link below.
Or to see my films associated with our marionettes please click on.
Alice in Wonderland – The following film was the first and hardest one to make and my favourite, based on our interpretation of the story. My mother climbed up into my loft in South London to help make it. The boat scene in the garden took forever. It was a labour of love and took me forever to edit!
One of the most popular films is Virginia Wolf’s garden.
There is also a film of a picture book I made. It jumped through several hoops with Oxford University Press, but in the end they did not publish it.
To read the page for Puppethouse Mayhem which is an extention of our historic marionette company - Joan and Ron Field’s Marionettes.
Click on http://www.puppethouse.co.uk/ for the dedicated website developed with my youngest son Paul Perrin, 15 years ago. My stage name was Ann Field and I was a puppeteer in my own right.
Our links with Brighton
Our marionettes were directed by the great Lord Attenborough, no less.
Brighton 2013 The making of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ was made by the BBC for their coverage of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. They filmed the recent conservation of the marionettes and my family’s role in performing with them in the film in the 60’s.
Late in 2014 I started a new online puppet museum site which compliments our puppethouse.uk
SAD/Winter Blues – ideas for coping – please click on https://annperrin.wordpress.com/seasonal-affective-disorder-tips-to-keep-it-under-control/
This subject also has a blog and one of its own.
Many people suffer from SAD including me. Most creative people who may also have other periods of self doubt and/or depression. It goes with the territory.
The following is a free offering for anyone who is stressed.
‘Relaxation and Self-hypnosis for Positive Health’ it can also be useful for controlling pain so I am told. There are two options -you can close your eyes and just listen, or watch the images – which were added later.
I am a trained therapist and life coach so it really is fine to try it out.
To read the page for The Weald for love or our allotment please click on the link https://annperrin.wordpress.com/for-love-of-my-allotment-2/
I waited for three years to get an allotment I just love it. A starter plot on the Weald, but I call it a finishing plot. I don’t aspire to anything larger.
Seven different pages on this site. – Latest Posts, finding my feet in Brighton – My Poetry and Verse – My Short Films -Puppethouse Mayhem – Sad/Winter Blue ideas for coping – The Weald and for love of my allotment.
Qualifications – I was born with speech problems and am discalcous. I am also the daughter of puppeteers so formal schooling was often disrupted so all my qualifications were gained in later life!
Teaching Certificate, BA with the OU, MSc in Life Course Development from London University – Counselling qualifications and Master Practitioner in NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming.
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IT and technical support Paul Perrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry Courses with tutors John McCullough, Ian Duhig, Jacob Polley, Jean Sprackland, Tim Dooley, Ann-Marie Fyfe, Jackie Wills and others.
Encouragement with poetry and support – Kiersty Boon (who also downloaded my first book for Lulu, Jane Maker, Janet Cameron, John Davies and Simon Wrigley.
Film making Orpington Film and Video Makers, Spring Park Film Makers, Tom Hardwick for lessons and support with film making.
General family support. Alan my long suffering partner who prove reads my posts - Robin my eldest son who has a sports massage practice in Biggin Hill and is a racquetball coach and regularly gives sensible advice.. Paul my youngest son has an IT company in Brighton and gives me all technical support I need for all my websites.
Three grandchildren, two who are at Uni the third is planning to go next year for taking an interest but keeping me up to date with the world of young people.
However I seldom mention any of my family on blogs as I like to respect their privacy.