I am delighted to announce the publication of my third book ‘Meditation Mind’, a book of poetry inspired by my Buddhist practice.
‘Meditation Mind’ is a collection of short, stream-of-consciousness poems all written in 2015 while I was unable to play my musical instruments due to chronic tennis elbow. Struggling with depression, I was desperate to do something creative to distract my mind and so I started writing a poem each morning after meditating.
I’ve practised Tibetan Buddhism since 1999 and my morning practice is Sarasvati (who features on the cover of the book). I would finish my meditation, make a coffee and sit down to write a poem. All the poems in the book took less than a minute to write. They are unedited, exactly as they fell out of my head onto the page of my journal. I have no memory of writing any of them.
To celebrate the launch of ‘Meditation Mind’, I am doing a series of very intimate gigs in bookshops and Buddhist centres across the country. These events will be a mix of poetry readings from the book and acoustic songs with me on guitar and my husband Christian Dunham on double-bass. It would be lovely to see you if you can make any of the dates.
Thur 8 Nov Taunton – Brendon Books book tickets
Sat 10 Nov Oxford – Restore charity book tickets
Mon 12 Nov Bridport – The Book Shop book tickets
Fri 16 Nov Cardiff – Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar book tickets
Sat 17 Nov Manchester – Chapter One Books register
Thur 22 Nov Surrey – The Haslemere Bookshop book tickets
Sat 24 Nov Coventry – The Big Comfy Bookshop book tickets
Thur 29 Nov Frome – Hunting Raven Books book tickets
Fri 30 Nov Bath – St James Wine Vaults book tickets
Thur 6 Dec London – Sakya Buddhist Centre book tickets
Sat 8 Dec Bristol – Sakya Buddhist Centre book tickets