Sunday Reflections 18/2/18


What went well? What went badly? What will you change?

Sometimes when we end the week on a bit of an overwhelmed note, or it has been marred by a world shocking event like the Florida shootings, it’s hopefully encouraging to remember that ‘it’s always darker before the dawn!’. like one speaker put it, perhaps we are like a pregnant mother, almost ready to give birth…So we must take a deep breath, breathe out and PUSH!’ I feel a little anxious about all that still needs doing…but let me count the blessings!

What went well?

  1. I made it all the way to South London and got interviewed by Danni on Periscope and in the WRITE group.
  2. Spent time with Marcelle and booked poetry reading session at Ladbroke Grove Library!
  3. I designed and ordered the promotional materials and bits for launch.
  4. Went out to Hoxton Hall for Jazz Verse Jukebox in Hackney with whole Fam.(Inspiring talent!)
  5. Gave out another 20 tickets to Church family today!Not so well? 2. Put God 1stin my planning.Any more?
  6. 3. Do not give way to fear.( organise daily prayer times with someone).
  7. Well I had some reflection time after church today and got a few suggestions to help:1. Set different alarms for different things
  8. My timing is rubbish at the moment…I’m late for most things. Help!

FEBRUARY BOOK LAUNCH OF ‘MAKE IT SHINE’ Performance Poetry by Ingrid Dover-Vidal

Book on shelf 

BOOK LAUNCH: Friday 23rd February 2018

Location: Canons High School, Shaldon Road, HA8 6AN

Time: 6.30-8.30pm 




You are warmly invited to join Ingrid in celebrating the publication and launch of her first poetry anthology ‘Make It Shine’, which reflects linguistic diversity in the form of many poetic styles. Ingrid’s themes include School days, resilience and renewal, spiritual and cultural identity.

Ingrid is an author, teacher, Caribbean songstress, guitarist and recently published performance poet. Born in Georgetown Guyana, Ingrid moved to England during the 1960’s, where she nurtured her talents in creative writing, in the vibrant multi-cultural community of Ladbroke Grove.

Ingrid’s poetic pathway reflects the seeds of her faith, family life and delight in her discovery of the rich legacy of ancient civilizations. Ingrid’s passion is to use her love of language and poetic forms to explore subjects which will help to develop the self-esteem of her pupils. Currently as a part time teacher of English, Ingrid continues to seek opportunities to entertain and inspire in both the classroom and the wider community.

  • Order your FREE tickets here until 19th Feb:
  • The book is currently available on Amazon for pre-order.
  • release date:16th February.

My Poetry Journey: The Early days

Having arrived in the U.K  from Guyana South America, at the tender age of eighteen months, you could be forgiven for thinking that “Well she’s practically English, then – and hardly Guyanese at all! Well my friends… nothing could be further from the truth! For as I grew up and would often hear Mummy and Daddy share stories about this place back home, Guyana quickly became that place of tropical sunshine, where mangoes of all shapes and sizes grew.




New Anthology : Make it shine
Cultural and Inspirational  Poetry
​by Ingrid Dover-Vidal


‘A woman without hope
Gives up
Is wiped out
The hopeful woman
Is encouraged by a victorious end
Her decision enacted
She goes on
and is renewed’

So says Ingrid Dover-Vidal for whom ‘Attitude is everything’. In her forthcoming poetry anthology ‘Make It Shine’,
There are poems which salute and celebrate black heroines and heroes from our past and present, and prepare the way for those  who are willing to shine.
This applies to people from all cultures, in the here and now, and the future.
As well as entertaining her audience with her use of Caribbean dialect, and humorous reflections of “Small Days”, these poems will not fail to inspire, but will also provide moments of appreciation for the rich culturally diverse beginnings that are our inheritance.


About Me
I am a performance poet, Caribbean songstress, guitarist, dramatist, storyteller and teacher.
I have had a keen interest in the performing arts from an early age,
and enjoy sharing my developed professional practice with school children and in other community settings.






Hello world!


Having kept a note of my daily responses to scriptures for most of  the last thirty years, keeping a diary of thoughts and feelings is no strange activity for me. However the purpose is somewhat different; then I wrote stimulated by the word of God, having a two-way private conversation. Despite my limited audience, in line with biblical principles I was encouraged to share any nuggets of wisdom or enlightenment that had helped me view my actions in a more Godly way and   led to a greater appreciation of the source. And that is where the purpose follows a similar pathway, in reflecting on episodes in my life that I have been either able to learn from, or where I can pay tribute to someone else for their pivotal role  in my  situation.
In these blogs I aim to mainly focus on my journey in becoming a published poet and the other opportunities that I have grasped for letting my other God given talents shine through and literally sing out loud!