I go by No One. I am a Black British woman born and raised in Birmingham. My heritage is Caribbean descent. I have suffered from mental illness since being a young child, first officially diagnosed with depression at 16 then after my breakdown in 2013, I was subsequently diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and been less able since due to chronic debilitating physical illness and of cause my severe mental 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. My experience there contributed towards much of my ill mental health, I went there with talent simply oozing out of me and left a broken shell of that person destined for greatness. 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. There are many grammatical mistakes on this website but that is part of my art, life isn’t filtered, my words always flow into my head quicker than my fingers and thumbs can muster, pain is my muse, the imperfections are perfect reflections of the places I am in at the time.
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.
I am currently crossing into the writing territory of playwrighting. They say to write what you know. I have lived through, been through and seen alot. From a mental health perspective, I consider myself to be a self appointed mental health advocate. Text book learning meets standards, my experiences allow me to be an ambassador of hope. adiaryfromnoone means no one in particular, I represent absolutely anybody and everybody and despite monitoring, processing, getting through my own struggles everyday, I want to be there to help others, to help you pull through.
For none readers, I am open to being contacted to public speak, I reach out via video via my YouTube channel adiaryfromnoone please check out the top three playlists, “BPD” “adiaryfromnoone says” “No One’s Lounge.
I also feature in the Mind Media Awarded BBCRadio 4,Black Girls Don’t Cry, which is on iplayer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9zfws
No one x