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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-04-30
  • Publisher: Whyte Tracks

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An autobiographical work of art, poetry and wild dress sense. Cecily Baker is fast becoming the talk of the town in London as the ex-Art teacher turned radical champion for the benefit supported solo parent. Expressing herself in prose, photography and a unique style of 'haute couture' designed to both shock and amuse, this honest and raw collection presents the tough survivor from East End London, yet also exposes the vulnerable side of a woman hard pressed. The Maelstrom is the tormented whirlwind of creativity that she has used to reinvent her life.

Author Biography

Cecily Baker (Deborah Hodge) is an artist, writer, photographer, stand-up comedienne and mother of four. Born in Bolton in 1973, she and her brother were raised by their grandparents and attended school in Bolton. Baker achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree at De Montfort University in 1995, continuing to undertake a PGCSE in Art at Greenwich University before becoming a secondary school teacher in 2002. In 2005 she completed a Master's Degree in Education and rose to become a senior leader in secondary school education, eventually relocating to West Sussex.
Baker has undertaken three years of her doctorate PhD at Kingston University investigating how students learn, with the intention of finding a new focus for teaching. Her field of interest is in prejudicial concepts and how learning is influenced by gender, class, culture, race and religion.
Her career ended in 2014 due to domestic circumstances, causing Baker to return to South East London in haste. Leaving teaching behind she concentrated on nursing a sick child and raising her four children. It was during this time that Baker transformed her life through art, poetry, writing and performance and Maelstrom is the story of this journey.

Table of Contents

Foreword from the Author #beyourownrevolution
Behind the scenes
- as an artist
- my eyes
- steampunk art
Comedian and Performance Poet
- 50 Shades into the Foray
- Your Legacy
Obsession with Pink and Turquoise
- Peacock
Poetry and Photography
- Dancing Bears
- Cats Dogs and Fish
- Jigsaws
- Beginnings
- First kiss
- Fingering in the Thatcher Years
- My first time
- Grooming
- my one true love
- you were almost purple
- real life night
- shit pub
- the bath
- Life Gets in the Way
- You couldnt make this shit up
Be Your Own Revolution
- be your own revolution
Social Media and Beyond
Debs 4 London
- My Manifesto for Mayor of London and Humanity
Life in the Press
- To the Newshopper with Love
A very Branson Affair
- A very Branson Christmas
Social Media, Television and Beyond
- Dick in a Box
My career in shit television
What Now?
- Mother's Day Proclamation
- Noise within me

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