I LOOK FORWARD MEETING YOU THERE! The English Bookshop, winner at London book fare, Bookshop of the year 2018 arrange “Meet the Poet”
So insanely happy to have received a writer’s scholarship. I was sent to the North in Sweden, close to the Norwegian border. The hosts, Bodil and Kenneth, at Jormlien Fjällgård where amazing! Great tips on where to head in the surroundings and wow, was I inspired by the wild untouched nature. I even bumped into a bear one day. I have a lots of photos on instagram from that trip. I wrote, painted and was engaged in wonderful conversations with the locals. Just before the departure I had finished writing on a long project – a novel, so this journey was all about shaking off the old, finding base and from there take off on new writings. So exited to get my claws into something new!
Författarcentrum firar 50år och jag har haft nöjet att få fira det med andra eminenta författare från Norr.
Stadshuset i Sundsvall bjöd på lokal för våra framträdanden och vi avslutade firandet i sann livsnjutaranda på Knaust hotell med trerättersmeny. Knaust har genom historien varit tillhåll för traktens författare och konstnärer. De vackra miljöerna och den goda maten kan man förstå lockar esteter och ordförvaltare.
I samband med Författarcentrums 50års firande släpptes även den 2:a delen i Serien Pocket Poetry for Moments of Despair, Ode to Destiny. Champagnen poppade och skummet flödade.
There is something about endless expanses that resonates with my soul. We had planned this trip since ten years and something always seemed to get in the way for doing it.
Then we just decided. The right time will never come, we just have to do it with what we’ve got, and off we went. Me, my sister and my father. Spending time with your family is so important. Do not take the time together for granted. And of course I left a poem in the Helags guest book.
My last adventure with my father was in 2013, when we took our motorbikes and drove from Sweden to Italy across the Alps. Something to remember. We have already decided that we are going to make a new adventure upcoming fall. New mountains to greet.
I received a message on Facebook, from Erika Mikaelsson, that added me as friend 7 years ago. She had now taken a wrong turn ending up by a “magical house”, she “just had to stop at”. Talking to the neighbors, she found out that me and my husband was the owners. Erika snapped a photo of our summer house and wrote:
“Look where I am. I do not believe in coincidences, we have to meet!”
So we did, had a fabulous dinner at Teheran Grill, Södermalm in Stockholm. Talking away as if we had known each other for ages.
The dinner resulted in that we now have started to work together on a drama documentary project.
I will let you know more about it as the road unfolds.
For every new skill you wish to master you need to find someone that inspire you. This summer I had the opportunity to paint with Joe Paquet, an amazing landscape painter that not only produce award winning paintings but also teaches from his heart.
Joe has a lot in common with my fabulous husband Farigh Ghaderi that invited him as a guest teacher to the Art Studio. I feel truly blessed for being in these two guys warm hands teaching me to paint and draw. And I was thrilled to hear that Joe is coming back this summer! Check it out!
For me nature truly is a place for recreation, inspiration and challenge.
Det är tidig gryning, strax innan 5 på morgonen och jag är som vanligt vaken. Den här tiden är vad jag upplever som den klara, innan jag har fyllts med omvärldens alla intryck.
Jag har en stund då jag kan vända mig inåt och umgås med mig själv och mina tankar. Utan avbrott. Utan påverkan.
Meditation och koppla upp mig mot något större blir allt viktigare för att behålla perspektiven. I vardagen. I livet. I skrivandet. I andetagen.
I meditation finner jag svar på något jag undrat över, löser ett moment i skrivandet där jag inte vet hur jag ska gå vidare. I meditationen ropar jag ut en tystnad av frågor jag inte ens kan formulera, sedan lyssnar jag på ekot i mitt inre rum. Där svaren alltid har funnits.