Jeanne Ellin: Xmas wishes, a punk rock band and supporting arts in health


Banner with Jeanne Ellin's quoteMy normal pace is a slow and stately shuffle. My other setting is full stop.

paintbrushesWhat I really want for Christmas is a commando falling class, so that I tuck and roll automatically when falling. That would be fun though, a sea of mattresses and padded-up old people being instructed by tough men in camouflage fatigues.

Perhaps a sort of bouncy castle, easy to transport and set up in sheltered housing complexes and places available to older people. Also required would be sets of skateboarding padding. So if anyone knows of one… or would like to sponsor me for one?

A punk rock moment

I am part of a punk rock band! I know the lead singer, who is also a talented illustrator, and we have mutually inspiring conversations about art and share favourite artists and images.

I wrote a very dark fairy tale – ‘The woman who spoke to butterflies’ – (are there any other sort, not counting Disney which are just bloodless invertebrates) and he read it and wanted to illustrate it. I was thrilled. Then last month his band was making a CD and included a book with my story and his illustrations with it. We are going to meet up in a couple of weeks to look at ways of publicising it. I have an idea or two and know some websites that take mixed formats.

Supporting arts in health

My blogs for Henpicked had an unexpected bonus. Ex colleagues used it to trace me and send me some original prints. They run an ‘arts in health’ project based in a hospital and I worked with them for two very happy years doing all sorts – from working with staff and patients who wanted to write to helping at art exhibitions. I loved meeting so many visual artists, greeting visitors, helping dispense wine and cheese.

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When I had to leave, I kept in touch for a while and assigned the royalties from my counselling book to them, as they are a charitable foundation. We lost touch after my last move and they went to great pains to track me down and send me the annual report and some material about their latest exhibition and three prints.

The prints are original and delightful.

About Jeanne Ellin

I am a poet working at living a creative life in a one room flat, companioned by a menagerie of chronic health problems. I began this series of posts after being inspired by two women younger than myself, who, fearful of their imagined old age spent in ill health and poverty, committed suicide. I explore every year as a bonus of adventures, with moments of discomfort or fear, but with unexpected treasure to be found - helped by a sense of the ridiculous, a world perspective and creativity.