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Katrina Quinn  Photography & poetry. *INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY* : Solo show coming up at Brighton Fringe, 6,7,27,28 May @im_individualmedley

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Shall we just move to Lancing?

This week I've seen quite an eclectic mix of creative stuff: a stand-up show by a Russian-speaking opera-singing comedienne, a funny poetry show about packed lunches (with a live microwave!), a contemporary music concert, and last night I unexpectedly ended up seeing Kano + friends perform. Most of it not what I'd normally go to, but still inspired by the unique and wonderful ways humans express themself and entertain others --- from Abi Roberts singing "All that Jazz" in Russian to Daniel Searle ranting about salad, to music pieces written about Brexit and also whiskies, to the trombone and tuba players dancing around on stage while Kano rapped. Love it. πŸ˜€ .
#brightonfringe #brighton #tge #music #life #create

I've been doing a lot of bare-ing myself lately: On stage, telling my awkward story honestly; on the street... pretty much literally in a costume that on reflection is too small (haha!); on my blog, more figuratively as I reflected on Mental Health Awareness Week and shared where I'm at (alicekatrina.blogspot.com); on the beach on a grey evening when I stripped down to my underwear and walked into the sea, trying to feel alive.
Some people say it's brave, I don't know if that's always meant as a compliment. I don't know that it's about being brave, I think I've learned (sometimes) to look at myself and laugh. I also just think it's what feels necessary, and I have enough stubbornness to follow it through. I do know that when I share my story other people share theirs, and I think that can only be a good thing.
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Oh yeh - next shows: 27 and 28 May at @junkyardogs_brighton

πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ this one. All Tattoo Convention-ed out. Watch this space, he'll be a famous tattoo artist one day!!
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#portrait #blackandwhite #tattoo #brightontattooconvention #ink #nautical #boykie

This weekend was a bit random - body decided actually it was pretty tired which mean runny stomach and nose. Nice. I was working which was chilled but still it's not like being home. So it was lovely to go out for coffee this evening with my sister-in-law-friend-housemate (while our husbands get tattooed!) and catch some sun through the window (cuz Shoreham is too windy to be warm!) -- funny how when you live with someone it's easy not to have proper conversations and we both process stuff more internally -- nice to be able to speak out some of the jumble of things in our heads. Very grateful for her. 😚

Selfies at the Selfie and Self Expression Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery πŸ˜‰
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#selfie #saatchigallery #london

After a pretty epic weekend - my show sold out Sunday too and went well! - hubby and I took the day off and meandered up to London for a well-timed Noah Gundersen gig at Union Chapel. What a venue! Can't believe it's taken me this long to go and enjoy it. Stained glass, hot chocolate in mugs, wooden pews and fantastic sound and lighting (they can really make or break an event, in awe of their skill!). And although I may have been pretty tired and lightly dozing through the gorgeous voice of John Moreland, the support act, I was wide awake for Noah (and sister Abby). His music has been a bit of a soundtrack to our life over last few years, I'd never really thought about his songs as sad until he said it last night. I suppose they are, but then there has been a lot of sadness in the last few years, and doubts and questions. And I guess his music and lyrics embrace that, with enough beauty to explode your soul. This is the first time we've seen him live so it was extra special.

#unionchapel #london #lights #livemusic #noahgundersen #music #beauty

This is me, channelling my inner Mariah. Today's show went great, full house with lots of my favourite people and I remembered all my words! Looking forward to tomorrow! πŸ˜€
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#brightonfringe #brighton #mariahcarey #00s #soloshow #spokenword
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By @photodavid23

Woo, Brighton's got its best face on :-)

Can't believe my show is tomorrow. Over 6 months of writing and planning and editing and learning and swimming and moving and sharing. In a pretty unhurried enjoyable way. Yey. No matter how the shows go, I'm very glad to have made the decision to take a risk and create something. Something new but also something that's been bubbling away for years. It's my story... or rather my perspective of one chapter of a much bigger story. My plan is to enjoy the sharing of it, and hope that brings other people joy, too.
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#brightonfringe #livecourageously #livecreatively #thisgirlcan #poetry #writing #divein #standingontheedge #soloshow #brighton #joy #swim

And... In another part of my random life, work this week involves dog-walking past bluebells! Can't complain πŸŒ·πŸ˜€
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#bluebells #uk #spring #trees #dogwalking #slowdown #breathe #findbeauty #walking #southdowns #sussex

In other news, been doing more photography recently too, like last night at Sussex Progressive's campaign training. From the Election to the Fringe, May's looking like a crazy month!!

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