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Well its hard to sell oneself and not end up sounding like a box of soap powder or as if one's applying for a job. Passionate, bright and sparky might say something about me. I write about visual art for the broadsheets and am a published poet and novelist. Not famous but serious about what I do. I'm funny, sharp, clever, independent and warm and looking for a mutually loving relationship where each person feels comfortable, considered and able to grow. I love ideas and good conversation but enjoy being playful with someone with whom I can also be serious - if that makes sense! I don't want a man who says he doesn't take life too seriously. Life's there to be taken seriously! I don't mean being grim but living to the full, being open and trying new things.
I live in N. London and love what London has to offer: the NFT, the NT, Tate modern, Hampstead Heath for picnics on a sunny day, the markets, good restaurants. But I also love wild remote bits of England and walking - particularly in Yorkshire, Pembrokeshire and Cornwall. I also have a penchant for the sun - Italy and Greece, in particular - and love red wine! A warm sexy weekend in Paris or Rome wandering around art galleries, sitting in cafes etc., taking time out just to be. I'm also a good cook! ......
I love to have fun; dinner with friends, a private art view where I bump into people I know, Sunday lunch in a country pub etc. but I also have a fairly intellectual and spiritual side. I read a great deal - contemporary modern fiction and poetry (I write both and have published 3 books) some philosophy and like the Almedia Theatre and Donmar better than west end theatre, and the NFT and the Renoir better than mainstream stuff. ......
I do pilates regularly - but am not a sports freak, though I do enjoy sailing. I like clothes and care about what i look like - but not obsessively so. I'd love to find a grown up fanciable, articulate man who loves discussing ideas as much as having a good time. I'm tender, sensitive (not just about myself, I hope, but towards my partner as well)tactile and loving with the right man. Could it, I wonder, be you?
You'll be bright and enjoy your work, maybe you'll be an academic or perhaps in the arts - but i don't want to be too prescriptive. The main thing is what works between two people. Chemistry is all important! I don't expect perfection! I'm still travelling hopefully....
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I am a cheapskate free member so please don't 'like' me as I can't do anything about it! I'm a freelance writer writing about the visual arts for the broadsheets and art magazines. I am also a published poet and have published one novel and am finishing a second. Not famous but serious about what i do!
Did the Creative Writing MA at East Anglia University
French, I started to learn Italian and speak it in my dreams!
Musical Instruments played:
I remember practicing scales at school on the piano but now can't play a note sadly.
opera, choral, classical, blues, jazz, world music, reggae, 50's music, 60's music, Pretty eclectic musical tates - but definitely not country and western!
Sports and exercise:
Gym, Sailing, Go to the gymn and do a bit of yoga and swim. Like sailing but haven't done much for many years
Interests and activities:
Art, Ballet, Concerts, Cooking, Countryside, Eating Out, Friends, Gardening, Reading, Theatre, Walking, Yoga, art, ballet, concerts, cooking, countryside, friends, gardening, hiking, mountains, reading, travel, writing, yoga, photography, theatre, eating out, health and fitness,
Newspapers and magazines:
The Guardian, The Independent, Granta, I also write for some of them!
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare, Amil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje, On the Road - Jack Kerouac, One Hundred Years of Solitude - Garbriel Garcia Marquez, Song Lines - Bruce Chatwin, Poetry such as Wallace Stevens, Rilke, Eliot, Plath, Mark Doty etc. Novels: John Updike, Saul Bellow, Anne Michaels,Pat Barker, Virginia Wolfe. Art books and art criticism
Jean de Florette, Casablanca, Manhattan, Most of the films I like are not listed: Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Annie Hall, Magnolia, Lantana, In the Bedroom - more arthouse than popular.
Enjoyable evening out:
pub, theatre, meal, winebar, cinema, art gallery, I go to art openings several times a week as part of my work - these tend to spill over into going to the pub and going out to eat! Theatre and cinema tastes described earlier - you don't want it all again!
smoked salmon, tomato and mozarella salad, lemongrass and ginger marinated chicken, Mediterranean vegetables and Ricotta wrapped in filo, Spaghetti alle Vongole, Was vegetarian for nearly twenty years but now eat a little freerange chicken. I like good food and like to cook when there are people around to cook for. Probably like Italian food (wine, architecture, cities!) best.
lying on a beach in the Caribbean, driving slowly round Ireland, driving across the USA, learning to paint in Provence, Love the sun but after the official tan am bored by beaches - though I like simming. Enjoy a mixture of culture, architecture, good food, lazing around and finding beautiful unspoilt places - especially with right person.
In another life:
Cleopatra, Anais Nin, I don't want to be an animal or a tree, thanks! And I am already a writer, which is what I want to do.
courageous, creative, humorous, imaginative, intellectual, loving, reliable, romantic, sensual, strong, thoughtful, tolerant, Deep and fun loving. Intellectual but with a quiet side. Love to be playful with someone with whom I can also be serious. Warm, witty, and very loving with the right person. I'd love someone with someone who enjoys being with a bright, sparky woman.
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