First off - Festive Fizzy Greetings to you!
I hope you’re all full of spangly excitement for the big day ( can you believe it’s December already!) and that you’re indulging in all things scrummy in the naughtiest of ways! I adore York this time of year and with it all the quaintness and magic it brings. It’s hard not to get swept under the spell of glistening Christmas markets, carolling by the Minster, Pantomimes galore and SNOW in the shambles! Gaah! It’s just the best!
My Autumn kicked off rather beautifully with the arrival of my gorgeous littlest one, Renee Jean. And yes she is an absolute dream and we are besotted! I was also proposed to by Mr Trout in the autumnal bliss of The Museum Gardens! Yummy! It happened straight after we watched OUR classic film ‘The Breakfast Club’ at City Screen … too cool right! Still in a bubble even now!
Since my weeny ones birth I’ve been in full on new mama mode (the soporific serene moments and the not so glam ones), relishing every second of the new addition to the family, albeit a mad but very loved household!
During this delicious time I had some Miss Trout related business buzzing about town and some of you may have already seen or visited the said event. I was absolutely delighted to contribute a piece of art work to the wonderful York Mind & Rethink Mental Illness’ Charity Exhibition and Auction, held at City Screen throughout October and November.
The exhibition’s theme was ‘Change’ and all proceeds of the silent auction were generously split between charity York Mind and local group Rethink Mental Illness. Local artists of all kinds donated their crafts to the cause with a view to highlighting the theme and supporting mental health.
Bloody amazing stuff on all accounts!
Fifty artists contributed with varying mediums of art work, I chose to donate a ‘Lila’ piece based upon my story ‘The Blinking Eye Girl’. The illustrated inky, mixed materials sketch featuring some gigantic eye lashes has extra special meaning to me because this was one of the first stories I wrote and the message behind the protagonists tale is a strong one, relating to bullying and awareness of children’s mental health and self love. Basically learning to love being unique and YOU! So I am super chuffed to have helped spread a positive message through such an impressive event. Happy Miss Trout!
The Exhibition was a real success and all pieces were sold, raising a glittering total of £2082.00 - proving the arts really can make a difference! Huge congrats to all involved! This is set to happen again next year so if you are a budding artist or an established one deffo get yourself involved in this rewarding project by contacting the lovely peeps at York Mind.
I’ve also been quietly forming some pretty exciting plans for an Autism Acceptance Project in Primary Schools - #IAmMe. This is going to be full of theatrical sparkling workshops/plays for young ones based upon a story I’ve begun writing inspired by my beautiful boy, to educate and celebrate Autism. There is lots to get sorted before this one takes off fully but in between nappy changes, breast feeds, school runs, writing and performing, I am plugging away at funding bids and getting onto courses to make this one extra magical string to the Miss Trout biz bow! Much more to follow and for you to get involved in too, so keep watching!
In the new year I will be blogging monthly with lots of updates on Miss Trout projects and new material coming your way, as well as the usual top picks of theatre and creative razzle dazzle that York has to offer!
Until then, get yourselves down to Thor’s Tipi and get a tipple or three toasted to a cracking New Year!
2018 is going to be a beaut!
Miss Trout xFacebook