X is for . . .

X Traordinary

Pushing boundaries, breaking norms, blazing trails and changing perspectives – these are ways that we can go from being ordinary to x-traordinary. So, today we’ve picked some fascinating and inspiring stories to motivate you to take a little step out of your comfort zone and towards being extraordinary.

Circus for Every Body

Extraordinary Bodies is a circus company possibly unlike any that you’ve seen before. They create bold, radical and joyous large-scale performance with an integrated ensemble of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled artists working equally together.

Making work with, for and about their communities, each piece represents the diverse makeup of society – onstage, offstage and in the audience. Due to covid-19, they haven’t been able to tour since March 2020 – but that doesn’t mean they haven’t kept busy! Take a look at their website to find out about the work they’ve been during lockdown, including digital performances and their up-and-coming show ‘What Am I Worth?’.


100 First Women

One hundred powerful images by renowned photographer Anita Corbin celebrate the achievements of British women over the past century. They feature a cross section of pioneering women who have changed British society forever.

100 First Women

Visually stunning, the exhibition features a fascinating mix of celebrities, famous personalities, dignitaries and unsung heroines from across the decades. In sport, in the arts, in politics and the professions, these women have all broken through the glass ceiling. This exciting exhibition opened briefly at RAMM in Exeter last October, in between lockdowns, and has been extended to a date to be confirmed (so hopefully we’ll get another chance to see it in the flesh!). However, if you can’t wait that long, you can also view the exhibition online here.

Teach them to be extraordinary!

Continuing our theme of x-traordinary women, here are some of our favourite books to inspire your little ones!

Unusual sculpture from James Lake

Artist James Lake lost his leg at the age of 17 to bone cancer. Confined to his room, unable to move, he found in cardboard the ideal material to express his everyday life and pain. Cheap, light and easy to obtain, cardboard became the only material that James would work. Today, James creates absolutely mind-blowing sculptures from this seemingly humble medium. Take a look at his work on his website.

‘Paperman’, a film about James’ journey to the International Biennial of Paper Art in Lucca, Italy, has been selected to show as part of the Manchester film festival this year. Find out more and get your tickets here.


A podcast for x-traordinary facts

No Such Thing As A Fish

In ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’, a weekly podcast from the makers of QI, you’ll hear from Dan, James, Anna and Andy as they discuss their favourite facts unearthed in the past seven days.

You’ll be amazed at how many fascinating extraordinary facts they can find every week!

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