“You are my Rock”

Anna Grayson has had several careers in her life – scientist, broadcaster and now artist and photographer. But behind all her success is a remarkable 46-year-long love story… “I was at the University of St. Andrews studying Geology, but there had been a virus going around so I’d fallen Ill. I was so unwell in fact, that I was sent to stay in a chaplaincy … Continue reading “You are my Rock”

“Water Mountains, Love and Pain”

“It was a huge storm—we haven’t had one like it since I don’t think. A few friends and I had rented a house in Ireland so we could chase big swells. We’d been there for three months at this point, but the winter had been terrible and most of them had decided to travel back to England. I chose to stay. It was the month … Continue reading “Water Mountains, Love and Pain”

“No Work…In Progress”

“There was an eerie atmosphere in the office. A lot of people were being made redundant. That day, one of my colleagues from the engineering department got called into a ‘special’ meeting, so we anxiously waited for him to return. He walked back through the office door and before he said anything, I could tell that he had kept his job. Then another colleague, a good … Continue reading “No Work…In Progress”

“A Flash of Life”

“I was born with a brain condition, but I didn’t know I had it. In 2016, as I was photographing a wedding, I got a devastating headache, collapsed, and my life changed forever. “As a farmer’s daughter, originally, I wanted to rear chickens. When I was eight years old, I started my own egg business. I would go to school carrying a wicker basket full … Continue reading “A Flash of Life”

“The Final Act”

“I hadn’t done any acting since A level drama, but I’d heard about the open auditions for the play Quills through a friend. I arrived out of breath at the Globe in Topsham – having first gone to the Globe in Exeter I had to race across town to get where I was supposed to be. To my surprise I got the part of the tortured priest, the Abbe de Coulmier. Continue reading “The Final Act”

“Rock and Netty”

“During a weekend in July, the majority of my friends went to the Phoenix Festival, but the tickets were too expensive, so I decided to go to a party on Appledore cliffs. Like every self-respecting 19-year-old I wanted to be a rock star. I’d started working on a sound crew—I was carrying gear and twiddling knobs and I was getting quite good. I kept thinking; … Continue reading “Rock and Netty”

“The Big Leap”

“I sat on my bed in a cramped flat in the centre of London and googled ‘Shanghai’. I browsed through pictures of skyscrapers and winding tree-lined streets with washing blowing in the sunshine. The juxtaposition amazed me, and I didn’t know which version of the city was the real one. Now I know… it’s both. “Moving abroad had never been part of my plan. But … Continue reading “The Big Leap”

“My Father and I”

“On our 21st birthday my twin sister organised a party. I had a few drinks with some friends, so I ended up arriving late. The party came to a pause and my father stood up to give a speech. He said, ‘This is my beautiful daughter! I’m so proud of her…’ He then turned and pointed at me, ‘…and believe it or not this is … Continue reading “My Father and I”

“Love and a Farm”

“We had a long-distance relationship for four and a half years. My family and I used to stay in a holiday cottage on a farm in Devon. Then one summer when I was 16 the farmer’s son asked for my number. When we later came down to celebrate my father’s 50th birthday, James and I became closer and I decided to give long distance a … Continue reading “Love and a Farm”

“Dancing Back to Me”

“I didn’t know that missing home could be so painful. I was eighteen when I moved to London. I had a boyfriend and friends there, but my first year at the London Contemporary Dance School was a struggle. I’d been dancing my whole life. It was what I dreamt of doing and trained so hard for, but the competitive element was intense. I found that … Continue reading “Dancing Back to Me”