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Katrina Quinn  Photography & poetry Solo show: @im_individualmedley

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Happy Birthday to my favouritest. This year isn't quite exploring castles in Portugal, i'm bus-waiting in the rain, apart from you. While you beer and braai, as usual 😀 I've been writing life stories. You've been climbing mountains. Tomorrow we'll celebrate the tiny one who made you Uncle Llew, which fits you. And tomorrow I'll look forwards to rubbing hips, catching your eye as we fail at small talk. Making me grin. It's been a year of changes and waiting, of spaces and waiting. You've inked meaning and beauty into existence. The road's been dark and light but we're moving, apart and together. I'm thankful, and so proud, of you x x x
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#love #marriage #birthday #family #uncle #portrait #blackandwhite #babiesofinstagram #baba #life #poetry

This week I'm in Oxford. Doing a writing workshop organised by Callaloo, a journal based in Texas. I'm learning about creative non-fiction, so far I've ended up writing about my Great Aunt and close encounters with wild animals! I'm staying with my parents and sometimes feeling like I'm 14 again as I travel in and out of the city centre on buses and bicycles. It's weird to be back in a place that's so familiar, full of memories, yet with barely any friends left here to share them with. The other day I came home via port meadow and wished I had my costume on so I could join people swimming in the river.

So much love for these ladies, glad for friendships that continue after you leave a place. One's doing a degree in OT and is an amazing mamma, the other's a pharmacist, is building a beautiful house with her partner aaaaand will one day write a book. Just rocking 30s. And they laugh a lot and loud. Proud to know them! ♥

There were memories round every corner in Mounts Bay. Newlyn reminds me of my brother-in-law living with us and an evening stroll to see the Christmas lights, of exercise classes, fish and countless walks along the prom.

Today in Penzance and beyond: walk along the prom (on my way in the morning calm I saw these diving ladies on Chapel Street), quick (freezing) dip at Battery Rocks - where I always used to swim, coffee overlooking Jubilee Pool, walk on the beach at Lelant, lunch in Hayle, Sunday Speakeasy at the Crown, braai, drink and catch up at The Farmers. Pretty good day I'd say. Doesn't feel like I've been away two years... I feel very grateful.

Yesterday afternoon I performed "Individual Medley" at Penzance Litfest. It was a real pleasure to share my show in a place that I swam often and developed creatively and made some great friendships. There was a bunch of people I love in the audience plus people who've followed me from Litfest to Litfest (i discovered I have fans!! 😀) plus others. I forgot some lines which was a good exercise in staying calm and improvising (Looking on the bright side!) And I had lots more space on the stage to move around which was nice. I received a standing ovation and lots of encouragement. Then got to hang out and catch up after. Hooray.

Sometimes in Cornwall, it's picnics in the rain instead! :-) but it didn't last -- the clouds moved on, we hired paddle boards (or Sup boards as they call them here), Anna got pooed on by a seagull, you know, the usual 😁
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#stmichaelsmount #mountsbay #marazion #penwith #kernow #summer #cornwall #family

Two years after leaving, I've returned to the very end of the land. Early start, a calm drive accompanied by Desert Island Discs Archives, rehearsing my lines for my show tomorrow, and some sweet tunes. Stopped off at the Castle Gate lay-by with the view of Mounts Bay, next to where we used to live. Did first school run of my life, ice creams in Hayle, then off to Sennen for a ladies surfing session. It was magic, 'warm' clear sea, lovely waves, sunny evening. Caught a few... Although not sure what my body will be saying tomorrow morning... Then I'll be doing swimming moves on stage at the Penzance Litfest performance of Individual Medley!! Aaaallll good. .
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#surfsup #surfing #sennen #cornwall #kernow #onthemove #summertime

Gahhhhhh.

Aunty G and Little P.

Beach huts and sisters. Twas a good Saturday.

What a joy to celebrate the next chapter for these two - recently married and with a baby on the way. Becky is basically the reason we ended up in Cornwall - she encouraged us to stay in her parents' caravan on our honeymoon, told us about the House of Prayer when we were there and hanging out with her (shed moved down from Brighton), and continued to a great friend and great company once we'd moved down - along with Rob and his lovely dog. We've eaten, danced, beached and pondered about life with them. Fab to have them in Brighton over the weekend and that the adventures and love continue 💚

Going out out
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In my blue suede [wedding] shoes

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