August Poetry Challenge on CatherineVaughansWorld.com

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My summer is dedicated to giving you my BEST poetry!

Head on over to my Lifestyle blog CatherineVaughansWorld.com where you will find a  N E W  poem posted  e v e r y d a y  in  A u g u s t  at 9:30pm UK time.

x31 new poems in x31 days. Let’s see how this rolls out!

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Catherine’s debut poetry collection The Quarter Life Crisis Poet”

Here we have a collection of poems I wrote between 2010-2015. It’s essentially 25 years of my existence, much of it was filled with pain, disappointments and sorrow. Maybe you can relate? Out of despair, hope can return and happier days can appear. I hope these poems can make you feel less lonely about the pain we all feel inside. Even if you’re facing a Quarter Life Crisis know that you’re not the only one and you will come out of it stronger. *Hugs!* Join me on my journey….

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Poet Spotlight: Omar Majeed

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Meet Omar

Omar Majeed is a local Hereford Poet.  Born in Crewe, Cheshire he grew up in Hereford having attended the Cathedral School and studied photography at Hereford Art College. Later on he went to Kingston upon  Thames, initially to study journalism, but his creative instincts lead him into a degree in Graphic Design.  Now back in Hereford he works as a copywriter and is studying fine art. He does the occasional poetry reading, makes short films for fun with friends and is reworking his passion project: SCree Magazine.

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Omar’s Writing

We r all one we always win is a collection of over a decade’s worth of his poetry. Majeed can occasionally be found reading poems from this collection at events such as Booth Fest and most recently Courtyard Hereford’s Poetry Slam.

You can purchase a copy of his latest poetry book on his Etsy Shop: GravityEnterprises.

Here’s a taste of his way with words…

All That Is Within Our Grasp

We hold on tight to the hands
of those we love
as they hold on tight to us,

as if we may float away
should they or we
loosen our grip,

and still
through knuckles white
we let them slip.

“… In your hands a pine cone spirals, draped in cobwebs. A tiny spider crawls across your knuckles. Books lie beside us, unread as we chat in chapters about this and that.”

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Omar’s Poetry book: we r all one we always win is available on Etsy

Notably at Apple Store Gallery in Hereford there are some copies available to buy. Apple Store Gallery is also where Majeed has done some readings at their poetry nights and he participated in a group art show last year for them. Omar has long been interested in poetry since his school days and won the Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2002. He’s had stuff published in Kingston’s Ripple mag and Short cuts competition pamphlet where his poem Duet was chosen as the winner.

One of Omar’s short stories about Aldous Huxley’s deathbed LSD experience was published in Askance’s Positional Vertigo collection available on paper copy and Kindle.

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On Drawing

“Up until a couple of years ago I hadn’t done much drawing.  I mostly worked with text and photography.  My friends used to gather together in Lucy Baxendale’s living room and draw, an informal gathering that turned into a Drawing Club which meets every third Thursday at De Koffie Pot in the evening.  I was hanging out with everyone drawing.  They would give me a page out of their notebook and a pen and I would scribble stuff.  Gradually I wanted a ‘thing’ and started just drawing people from my imagination that I called my imaginary friends. This developed into the wooden painted sculptures that I showed at the end of my portfolio course. I like drawing people from the recesses of my head and then naming them. I’m thinking of giving them stories.”

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Copies of Gravity zine

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His Magazine

“For about six years I was producing Gravity zine, which largely comprised of art submissions to a theme, and a bit of writing, mainly from Hereford creative and a few sympathizers.  The template involved putting out a call for work and then laying everything out and photocopying.  We had colour covers from Issue four letter-pressed by Fishbone press, and started hand sewing the binding. My friends would all get together regularly to help me put everything together. It was a collective endeavor to celebrate all the amazing work that was around and not a commercial venture.  I rarely made my print costs back. I gave everyone who contributed a copy and that was enough for a while.  SCree is an idea developed with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Johnny Burrage to make a more developed magazine, featuring articles about important contemporary topics and covering cultural events for which we can have an editorial team commissioning up to the minute articles and illustrations, and the layout is a bit more structured and professional. We want to be able to pay people for their work because artists have to work for free too often.  We are currently exploring funding models.  Keep an eye on the SCree Facebook page and Screezine.com for news.”

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Among Majeed’s other creative projects he makes short films such as this one titled Lorem Ipsum made alongside with Johnny Burrage last year starring local musician Elspeth Anne Macrae. They’re working on a new one, titled Un Chien Errant (a lost dog.) He also writes semi-regularly for Minky Cuadra at Hereford City Centric blog.

Omar wrote a novella which he describes as a “transgressive noirish experimental thriller” called Dark under a pen name. The paper copies have sold out but it is available as a Kobo ebook here.

Check out the synopsis:

Ex-professional footballer Thomas Peterson receives a phone call alerting him to a disappearance that throws his already spiraling life into intrigue and disorder.  A transgressive, post-modernist thriller. Adults only.

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More of Omar’s Poems found on SmallSongsOfHope.blogspot.co.uk
His other website: Is This An Art


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Instagram accounts I love!

The Penguin Press @penguinpress

For chic views of beautiful book covers in scenic destination and discovering your next literary reads.

Instagram media by thepenguinpress - "You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life." -Mary Oliver, Upstream

Lex/Mr. Gumbatron @mrgumbatron

The ultimate in men’s fashion and sophistication.

Instagram media by mrgumbatron - Keeping warm this winter. Coffee for handwarmers. #casual #ootd  Jumper: @vanishingelephant Shirt: @vanishingelephant Chinos: @vanishingelephant Shoes: @nike  Briefcase: @Stuartandlau from @mancaveldn Sunglasses: @oblyksunglasses . 📷: @joanna.lili    Instagram media by mrgumbatron - I have my coffee dark on fridays

Instagram media by mrgumbatron - When you can't wear suits. Bring your best smart casual look . Ok lets give this a go. .  #Ootd . Shirt: @saibunoakuma Tie: @canali1934 Belt: @sabastyle Trousers: @countryroad  Sneakers: @commonprojects  Briefcase: @stuartandlau from @mancaveldn   Instagram media by mrgumbatron - Mr. Gumbatron is proud to be a brand ambassador of @lavazzaaus the official coffee partner of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) 2016. @vamff . More info (link in bio) #lavazzaaus . #dresslikeagumbatron

Joanna @joannaulfsdotter

A greyish aesthetic of art, flowers, architecture and travel.

Instagram media by joannaulfsdotter - Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ♧

Her photography is for purchase here.

Ezgi Polat @ezgipolat

The most beautiful paring of cats found on instagram. Plus images of interiors, models and neatly placed dinner and tableware.

Instagram media by ezgipolat - reading lesson with Neel @neelandcliff 💙                   Instagram media by ezgipolat - Earlier today with my dear Cliff. He is still so smart and reads a lot 🙈 I'm going to be in Zurich on Sunday with some spare time, so if anyone wants to enjoy the day with me just hit me up!

Blessed is She @blessedisshe_

Pretty, chic and inspirational quotes for Catholic women.

Instagram media by blessedisshe__ - The kingdom of God is within you. Reanimate your faith often when you study, work, or eat; when you retire to rest, or rise in the morning. Make some loving aspirations to God, such as: "O Infinite Goodness!" or other prayer, and let your soul be penetrated by these pious sentiments as by a precious balm. This great God is nearer to you, so to speak, than you are to yourself. // St Paul of the Cross __ #projectblessed #BISsisterhood __ photo by @corynneolivia

Instagram media by blessedisshe__ - For most of us, healing doesn't happen in an instant. Just like our physical bodies need time to recover from illness or injury, our spiritual and emotional wounds also take time. If healing did happen with the snap of our fingers, perhaps our hearts wouldn't be prompted to return to the Father when we need to most. Rather than despairing over our wounds, let us turn our faces to Him, and trust that healing is happening even when we can't see it. __ Read today's #BISdailydevotion written by Karen Schultz on the site. __ photo by @averieclaire


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“Elixir Pursuits” documentary series following creative careers: starring Hereford Author and Poet Catherine Vaughan

Elixir Pursuits is a new documentary series created by Hooty a Vintage clothes shop owner where she films and interviews local talents in Herefordshire who are pursuing their dreams. The aim of her series is to uncover the elixir found in these creative careers and share guidance for creative and entrepreneurial souls.

This episode features me in depth behind and behind the scenes of the Poetry Slam I organized, hosted and performed in. There is an interview of me before the show and after.

Here’s some background into the series and you can hear more about Hooty watch the video on Youtube.

Show your support for our Indie Docu-maker and Store owner by visiting her shop and liking her Facebook Page.