Saturday 15th June was a celebration of fleeting moments and the shortest stories. National Flash Fiction Day only came to my attention this year, having begun in 2012 but it was wonderful to celebrate with colleagues and students at The Writers’ Block.
Exploring short fiction means having to distil language to the bare essentials to communicate exactly what you mean. It’s a challenge for me, even though I mostly write haiku. I love to play around with short fiction and come up with the most concise ways of expressing myself.
Learning to express yourself succinctly has benefits even when trying to write a longer piece. It’s harder to express an idea briefly in many cases than it is to write an extended piece.
Through stories about waiting and protest poetry, we ensured that our celebration of National Flash Fiction Day went off with a bang, and I for one am already looking forward to next year.
My latest blog for The Writers’ Block talks about the writing workshop held at The Minack Theatre.
Read more here
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Through my work with my colleagues and students at The Writers’ Block, I feel as though I am entering a new creative phase. The opportunities to which I have access are helping me grow as a facilitator and also as a creative practitioner. Continue reading
My work with The Writers’ Block has been key to this latest stage of my creative development. Facilitating workshops for young writers alongside other practitioners is a joy and a privilege.
Now, we are in the running for a potential grant from The People’s Projects, which will help us make our work more mobile.
You can find out more about what we do, and cast your vote here (with a UK postcode or mobile number) until midday on the 15th of April.
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After an extended absence, I am pleased to announce that Verbal Remedy have published a third article of mine.
‘The concepts of accessibility and permission are inextricably linked. When a person living with any form of impairment or difference first has to make contact to ensure that they will be able to access an event or attraction, they are seeking permission to exist in that space…’
You can read the full piece here.
One of my favourite aspects of the current series of Doctor Who is the way in which the writers and cast have sculpted a narrative that normalises the process of grief and recovery. I took the opportunity to reflect on this in some detail in my latest article for Verbal Remedy.
‘Recovery and reconciliation are major themes in six of Series Eleven’s first seven episodes, lending truth and pathos to the characters’ respective struggles in this area. The life of a time traveller is a perpetual journey of loss and new beginnings.’
You can read the full piece here
New Avenues of Creative Intensity, PETRIe Inventory, November 2018
Modern society places many demands upon us – chiefly that we keep pace with an eye-watering amount of change. In my new article for PETRIe Inventory, I state the case for slowing down, and provide some ways that we can reconnect with ourselves and our creative practices, without falling down the social media rabbit hole.
Once you’ve read the article here, I would like to know more about ways that you reconnect with your creative practice when the routine gets a little stale.
I am very grateful to PETRIe Features Editor Elena Stanciu and Art Director Brillant Nyansago for their support of this article.
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending another Lapidus Cornwall workshop at my local library, facilitated by Dare to Blossom coach Mary Lunnen.
My writing practice has been happening in fits and starts lately, and mostly for me. Mary talked of the importance of harvesting the golden grains, and letting the rest float away. Letting things go has never been a strength of mine.
The Universe undoubtedly has a sense of humour. After reading a poem to ease us into the space, Mary invited us to pick a card from her pack of Rediscovery Cards. Each of the 50 cards has a coloured background and a word on it.
Since first meeting Mary in 2016, I have been awed by the inspiration found within her cards, and that workshop was no exception. The first card I picked was Relaxation, something which has been rather alien to me in recent years.
Free-writing on this topic brought me to the concept of relaxing into emotions, and relaxing into what is to come.
There is something beautiful about sharing deeply personal writings within the safety of a Lapidus workshop. The rules are few, but the most important is respect for self, and respect for others. This creates an environment where even the prickliest of feelings can find a way through, and out.
We wrote back to, and in some cases, in defiance of, words by John O’Donohue. There was wisdom there for me, but there was more to come. The final card I picked during that workshop was Authenticity, which spoke to my struggle to face my journal in recent months.
I am happy to report that I have returned to my practice, and hope to return to a more regular practice here as well.
This image shows a purple journal, with cards stuck to the front. One is deep pink, and has the word Authenticity on it in white. The other is light blue, and has the word Relaxation in white.
I’m delighted to say that I will be performing at the next She Howls online open mic on Wednesday.
The event is at 9pm BST, which you can convert to your timezone here
Information on joining can be found at Dal Kular’s website.
She Howls joining information
Eleven years ago, I missed a trick. Richard Thompson, former member of Fairport Convention and guitarist extraordinaire, was playing in Falmouth. Alongside many other happenings in 2007, this entirely passed me by. I’d berated myself ever since, thinking that I had missed my chance. Continue reading