Update for June


Haven’t communicated with you all for a while.

So I thought that I had better let you know what I have been up to.

At the beginning of the year, I promised to read a few books (4 books).

The first book that I have been reading a book about authoring and blogging on social media.

“Consistent Creative Content by Lee Hall”

I thoroughly recommend it to you and have given it a review and 5 stars on Amazon.

I enclose the link below so you can buy your own copy.

Consistent Creative Content: A Guide to Authoring and Blogging in the Social Media Age eBook: Hall, Lee : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Just to also update you what I have been doing for the past month. (May)

I was able to attend a Spoken Word/ Open Mic on line via Hillingdon’s Libraries Zoom.

In these times it is the ability to test out your stuff to others even if it is virtual.

To share an experience, I was reading a poem I wrote last year about the exam results ‘fiasco’ which I called Fruit as an allegory.

I was just about to finish reading the poem, last few lines when suddenly- Zoom went off.

Luckily I was able to log back on again, read the whole poem.

Just a symbol of the weakness of on-line performing and reliance on technology.!!!

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I was also invited to a birthday party of a fellow spoken word artist.

In normal times that would be a bit of an anti-climax by me writing about it.

In these times, this was a journey, out of the safety of my home and into a pub.

I was surrounded ( following covid restrictions ) by fellow musicians and poets whom I hadn’t seen for such a long time.

I was also afforded the luxury of being able to perform a few of my new poems live and at a safe distance.

As it had been my birthday a few weeks before, I was able to reflect on growing old(er) and being a bit of a pessimist- the poem is more interesting than the way I am describing it.

I also read a poem that I had written for International Nurses Day 2021.

Prior to the Zoom performance and the live performance, I had sent this poem to the Director of Nursing within the Trust I work in.

I was given positive feedback and it may be ‘published’ on the staff intranet for others to see.

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I have also been thinking of ‘branching’ out and writing a different type of book.

My embryo of an idea is to merge both joys in my life, humour and knowledge.

I won’t give too much away save to say that cracker jokes are involved.

I am also starting to write a novel. I am using some of the ideas from the play I started writing as the basis.

I hope that when I flesh it out a bit then I can look at the storyline of the play and finish it.

Sometimes it is about taking the risk to get yourself out there and seen.

The worst that can happen is that they don’t like your words.

Author: Joe Campling

Joseph Campling lives in Buckinghamshire, and is married with adult children. He trained as a both a General and Mental Health Nurse in the South East of the United Kingdom in the mid 1980’s and has worked in various roles over the past 30 years. His first authored article in 2007 was jointly written about the need to share positive research based practice amongst care teams locally which was then published in a professional journal. He published “Mild Musings May Mitigate My Mentality” which was his first collection of poems in 2018. He has subsequently published MERRING or is it MRS GREN? Having written sporadically over the years (usually for friends and family) he has been writing more consistently over the past two years and has begun to recite his poetry at various Open Mic nights and Spoken Word events. He is often found ‘scribbling’ and then performing what he has just written. He recently has also been collaborating with a jazz composer by writing lyrics which have been put to music. His interests include watching live music, trying to play the guitar (still project in progress) and quizzing. He also likes to watch TV; mostly factual documentaries, comedy and quiz shows He also needs to read more and swears that he will do so very soon as he has a pile of books to read. He also ‘hangs out’ with members of the local drama club although he has no plans to act but is partial to the odd pint of orange juice and lemonade!! He follows rugby and can sometimes be found cheering his team on (London Irish) whether they win or lose.

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