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We chat to some of our passionate and dedicated writers to find out what they thought of 2019. Here, Helen Redfearn reminisces about the past twelve months.

So, how was your 2019?
To be honest, not the best! A steep learning curve, that’s probably the most positive way of looking at it.

What was your best moment?
I took part in an outdoor community dance performance called ‘Flying High’ – and really felt like I was flying high!

And your worst moment?
When my husband was trekking to Everest Base Camp and I was dealing with family crisis after crisis here at home – I basically climbed my own Everest in those three weeks.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Billie Eilish – that voice, those lyrics, that style.

Your favourite song of the year?
Really mainstream, but the first time I heard ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I (long before it became popular), I was completely hooked – it’s my dance in the kitchen song of choice

Favourite TV show of the year?
Taskmaster is my go to show when I need a lift – so much so, I’m organising a Taskmaster party for New Year’s Eve.

Your favourite film?
May not have been the easiest watch at the time but the film that has stuck with me the most is ‘Animals’.

Best book you read?
Would have to say Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’, even though I battled with it not being the sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ that I’d written in my head.

Favourite venue of the year?
Live Theatre

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
‘Pride and Prejudice (sort of)’ at Northern Stage – loved it so much I’ve booked to see it again in February in Edinburgh!

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
Don’t have a finger on that pulse, I’m afraid.

And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
I leave my job on 1st January, so it’s going to be a year of big changes, for sure. Learning to follow my heart in life and creatively so no idea where that will lead but have a feeling it will be exciting!

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