My name is Jade Bianca Laurie Phipps. I am a thirty-two year old Black British woman born and raised in Birmingham. My heritage is African-Caribbean descent. I am currently unemployed. I have been unable to work since 2013 due to illness. Before November 2013 I was living and working in London. I always had a passion for drama and acting, Stage 2 Youth Theatre shaped and nurtured me into a young, confident teenager that dreamt of nothing but working as a professional actor one day. The NYT facilitated that dream over several summers during my late teens. I then applied for several drama schools in London at eighteen and decided to go to Mountview Academy Of Dramatic Arts. I completed a three year undergraduate course where I acquired a 2.1. I then worked professionally as an actor in London and Birmingham under the name Jade Laurie-Hart. Eventually work became slow and auditions became sparse. I had always worked in Education to pay the bills, as a teaching assistant, learning support worker, drama teacher, group facilitator. Slowly, working in education became less of a sideline and more of a reliable occupation.
I had always had a passion for creative writing, especially plays or short stories but I would never complete them.
I was hospitalised in Homerton, London under the mental health act in November 2013. I found communicating how I felt, vocally impossible. It is then and there that my passion for poetry began. We made a bond, formed a huge connection and we have been inseperable ever since. Writing poetry is now a part of me. It comes to me as naturally as breathing. The power of expression is tantalizing and makes me tingle from head to toe. It makes me happy and I want nothing more than to share my words with others.
I want to help, share, communicate with and relate to others.
Being dyslexic and a sufferer of mental health, one might say the odds of me writing anything worthwhile would be low. Against all odds, I have created poetry well worth sharing. Even Chipmunka Publishing recognised my potential and offered me a contract to publish, I am yet to decide what avenue I may choose to take.
For now I am extremely proud of the selection of poems that I have wrote and built ovet the years and would like to share them with you (the reader). If reading my poetry inspires others to admit their own woe’s, helps people feel connected and less isolated,encourages others to write and be true, educates others whilst igniting understanding, all whilst raising awareness of mental Health, then I shall be beyond delighted.
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