Shepton Mallet really is the place to be at the moment. We’ve had Collett Fest, the bands night, kid’s day, the brilliant Charles Chipperfield Circus and now the fun fair is on up at the showground. You can, as always, grab money off vouchers from the Tourist Information Centre. While you are there, why not ask for a copy of the “Shepton Mallet Fairy Trail”. It’s a magical map, with beautiful drawings , showing where all 18 secret fairy doors are hidden, around the town. I’m home educating my youngest son at the moment, and it’s been the perfect project.
The trail, leading all round the town centre, market place, Collett Park, passing by the prison and down by Leg square - concludes near the fabulous Fairy Godmother Shop, where you can also ask for hints and clues if you get lost. We took a leisurely 3 days to complete the trail, enjoying the sunshine and hidden places in Shepton, which I had never known about after almost 5 years as a resident! The fairy’s all have names and backstories linking to interesting historical or geographical facts about our local area. The activity ties in well with the new children’s #sheptonrocks phase ( type the hashtag into facebook) where kids paint rocks and hide them round town. Some fairy doors have rocks placed near them, and some rocks feature fairies.
Oh it’s all going on in Shepton ! In other news, I’m on a mission to heal myself physically and mentally. I’ve invested in a block of ten sessions with Ben at Mendip Chiropractic. After some serious trauma and two pregnancies, my troublesome lower back was proving tricky to fix, now on my fifth session I’m really starting to get results. My mental health issues have been well documented. And this pesky anxiety disorder has been a thorn in my side for too long.
Changing my relationship with alcohol has made a huge difference, so much that I was even brave enough to attend a stand-up comedy course last weekend. It was held at Komedia Comedy Club in Bath. Jill Edwards, who’s graduates include Shappi Khorsandi, Romesh Ranganathan and Jimmy Carr, took no prisoners. She has over 25 years experience in the industry, and she knows her stuff. After writing, rewriting, rehearsing and re-rehearsing our material, all us newbies got the chance to perform our short stand-up set , on stage, to a live audience. My heart was racing, but I had nothing to take the edge off- not even a glass of wine or beta blocker. I got up there, and though it wasn’t perfect, I did it! I got loads of laughs, big cheers and great feedback. I have a long way to go...but I believe I can do it. Open mic nights, comedy clubs, Wells comedy festival and one day the Edinburgh Fringe. That’s the dream. Well, Live At The Apollo, and a guest spot on QI are the ultimate goal. But I shan’t run before I can walk.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)