I am currently working on a book (a narrative memoir) called I Must be a Mermaid: Deep Fear of Shallow Living. I began writing to share my own journey with other women, questioning the so-called ‘right and wrong’ ways to be happy and mindful. Throughout my 20s and 30s I unwittingly ended up on a quest to explore all my fears and hidden desires. I discovered that often, within the ‘taboo’ parts of myself, was were the magic actually resided.
I will keep you posted on the progress of the book, and if anyone knows a Literary Agent who might be interested to see my manuscript…please send them my way! xxx
I've always been an artist and now I put my art on people's bodies. Tattooing is such an interesting job. Every 'canvas' is unique and every client means something to me. Everyday, I discover new things about being female, through this intimate connection to so many different women.
A wonderful photographer, Sophie Darwin, asked me to do this photoshoot recently for a body positive project, and I was like, "HELL YEAH!" I'm proud of how far I've come since years of eating disorders and hiding who I really was.
I grew up in England, in the South East. London has a huge place in my heart, it excites and inspires me but I always knew I needed to be by the sea. I first visited Jersey (Channel Islands) in 2010. I came and left and came and left over and over again, unsure whether to drop anchor or not. I never really feel like just one place is home, but Jersey is where I found MYSELF, and subsequently, where I found my soulmate. Home is wherever the love is.
"There has always been a pining in my soul, a kind of beckoning, a distant song, a haunting chant, a continuous call…which only truly gets answered when I am by the sea".
— Charlene Hickey, I Must be a Mermaid.
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