If you happen to be in East Yorkshire on Thursday evening, go to Hull for the preview and party for the launch of Visible Girls: Revisited, a new touring exhibit of the photos Anita Corbin took of young women in 1980/1 and the reshoots she’s done of the same women in the last year (including me). It’s being held at 6pm, at Artlink, an exhibition space directly across the street from the flat at 22A Princes Ave where Carol and I lived for a couple of years. I was meant to be there. Sadly, I won’t be. Not in person, anyway. But giant pictures of me will be! Both the one taken 36 years ago of me and Carol, and the one taken a few weeks ago of me and Kelley. And perhaps just one of me (I don’t know; I haven’t seen those yet).
And of course Carol will be there, along with all kinds of media and free wine. It should be a hell of a party. Imagine the Carol-and-Nicola of that first photo living opposite in ways that only young people who don’t understand they are mortal live. Imagine us biking down the road, or walking home at 4 am, or carrying buckets of coal through the archway by the hairdresser (now a spiffy restaurant, I think) and up two flights of steps to the single fireplace in our enormous Victorian flat. If you can, go!
For more info visit Hull 2017 City of Culture, and there’s an article in this weekend’s Yorkshire Post. Also of course last week’s 7-page Guardian spread. On top of that there’s my playlist of the music we were listening to at the time the photo was taken.