Victoria Nugent

A writer, a reader, a daydream believer

On love and poetry April 23, 2013

Filed under: Inspiration,life in general — victoriajnugent @ 10:22 am
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I’m a little bit in love with this piece of spoken word by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. For those who haven’t across either of them before, here’s a quick rundown.

Sarah Kay is a 24-year-old Brown University graduate who has already made a significant impact on the world of spoken word.  She started performing at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC at just 14. At 14, I wasn’t doing anything nearly as cool as that. Pretty sure I was in the midst of having the standard Year Nine dramas actually.  She has since performed at venues across the US and has also graced stages here in Australia and in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, and Singapore.

She is also the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., the collaboration between herself and Phil Kaye, a fellow Brown alumni.

Phil Kaye is another spoken word poet and I must admit I’m not as familiar with his work. He has been travelling the world as a performer, writer, and teacher since first hitting the spoken word scene at 17. His debut poetry book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011.  He has twice received America’s  National College Poetry Slam award for “Pushing the Art Forward”. He is the only person to have received this particular award twice.

Together, the two are incredible. But don’t take my word for it. Watch. Find out for yourself. Feel a little magic.

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Poetic inspiration to brighten your day December 3, 2011

Filed under: life in general,Pop culture — victoriajnugent @ 2:32 am

Anyone who persists in thinking of poetry as stuffy, boring and irrelevant should seriously watch this video. Only discovered this yesterday and I simply cannot stop watching it. It is my newly formed, yet firm opinion that Sarah Kay is quite awesome.

 

Friday night goodness September 30, 2011

Filed under: life in general — victoriajnugent @ 10:37 am

Time to revive this sleepy blog I feel, with a little post about all the good things that I am enjoying tonight.

I tested out the asparagus risotto recipe from the latest Marie Claire tonight. Well worth it. My tastebuds are exceedingly happy plus I feel very healthy too. Teamed with a glass of wine… yay for a sophisticated Friday meal. Good food is a wonder, even without good company.

I’m currently listening to Brooklyn band, North Highlands, who I recently reviewed for Rave mag (yet to be published). Trust me, they’re fantastic.

In the morning I’m off for coffee and cake with a friend at a fantastic local cafe, Daisy Cottage. You sit out in the garden on wrought iron furniture, with leafy trees providing a shaded space with dappled light filtering through the branches. An old wooden ladder is strung under one of the branches with hanging pots dangling from its rungs. It’s a little oasis, and subsequently very popular for birthday gatherings, girly catch-ups and family lunches. I do love it indeed, and yet most people wouldn’t know it’s there as it’s slightly off the beaten path, i.e. out of the main street with (it has to be admitted) less than obvious signage.

Ah the joys of the weekend.

 

An update is good every once in a while August 17, 2010

Filed under: life in general — victoriajnugent @ 6:36 am

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl (well this particular one) in her final semester of uni, must be in want of time to update her blog. Translation… I have been incredibly slack.

As I navigate through a world of music reviewing, various writings, studying (teamed with its evil twin procrastination) and trying to  earn money on the side from various casul gigs so that graduation isn’t quite so financially terrifying, blogging has been falling by the wayside. On the other hand, I have been keeping the portfolio section of this site fairly up to date, so perhaps I’m not a complete fail after all.

Tody though, I’ve been managing time a little better than usual, thanks to spending a couple of hours in the library. Library = forced productivity.

Reflecting on my busy life, sometimes I wonder if we’re not all just harming ourselves by having too many goals, too many things to do, too many things on the go at once. I love ticking off achievements, but I also love lazy Sundays in bed, and it’s starting to seem like I’ll have to work harder during the week to allow myself that. Other things that have fallen by the wayside lately include fiction writing, board game nights with friends, planned trips to the farmers’ markets  and attempting to make lamingtons.

Come to think of it though, procrastination is probably the thing that’s getting in the way… the wrong sort of procrastination. So, new goal. I will procrastinate, but not with C grade movies and Youtube clips, but with more of the above. Starting with chocolate cake and My Fair Lady with an old school friend this weekend.  We all need a little down time.