Spotlight on SYSWC Member - Alba

Tell us a bit about you

I am Alba Jover and I am a Spanish nurse living in the United Kingdom. I am currently working in Watford, but apart from being a little freak of nursing, I enjoy so much everything related to human expression. I am concretely more into abstract art but I enjoy everything that makes me feel something.

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Inside an Instapoetry workshop

It was my pleasure to lead a poetry workshop on Sunday 3rd March at Newham Poetry House as part of the Newham Word Festival.

We looked at the what, who and how of Instatpoetry - more clearly: what Instapoetry is, who some of the Instapoets are and how to become an Instapoet yourself.

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The Rise of InstaPoetry and What's In It For You

The Rise of Instapoetry

When I think of InstaPoetry I think of it as the cross-section of technology and creative expression. We have found, over time, that technology has made our (I mean anyone younger than me!) attention span shorter, which leads us wanting smaller, shorter, more direct pieces of information. I see instapoets as simply a product of their of their environment, doing what comes naturally, connecting directly to their audience, in the only way they know how, hence their popularity. 

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Overcoming Loneliness in Writing

A Lonely Story

We all have a job. Maybe we have two or more. And we all like to write. It doesn’t seem like these two should be in conflict - but often they are. With maximum time given to working to pay the bills, and minimum time given to being creative and expressing ourselves in a truly satisfying way. 

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Short Story – Again

It’s just you and me now.

I boomerang the words towards the bright blue sky, and they fall back down like a golden shower onto baby’s crown. We have been together, on and off, for 2 years. And the intense devotion I feel for her is reciprocated through gurgles and giggles and trusting eye winks.

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Short Story – Silver Fox

Fox is not as wily as he once was. His eyesight is deteriorating. He is in bad health. Bipolar often sees him living at the extremes of his emotions, unaware of what he is doing. Upon seeing a homeless person begging on the side of the street recently, he immediately made paw-shapes with his hands, bringing them up to his chest, wanting so much to help. Then he promptly took off all his clothes and gave them to the man whose mouth seemed to freeze in an “o” shape. A round belly is quite an unexpected sight in the middle of winter. High on philanthropy, Fox remained oblivious to the approaching sirens.

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Facing Fear in Writing

What fears do we face when we write?

Two main anxieties come to mind:

  1. Getting started. Writing the first words down on a page.

  2. Once (finally) finished: what other people will think of our writing.

How to overcome the fears we face when writing? 

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