New article: ‘Room for grief on the TARDIS’ [Verbal Remedy]

 

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

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Rest in the age of relentlessness: new article for PETRIe Inventory

New Avenues of Creative Intensity

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.

Facing the page without fear

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.

My journal

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.

She Howls Open Mic coming up!

 

 

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

New article: ‘Capturing Essence’ [Lapidus International]

black and white butterfly on red flower

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I mentioned in my previous post being knee-deep in some projects that I could not yet share. I am pleased to announce that one has come to fruition, and you can now read ‘Capturing Essence: From Haiku to Healing’ in the Summer Edition of the Lapidus International journal.

You can find out more about Lapidus International and their mission on their website.

The Summer Edition of the journal is available from Amazon.

Everything is Practice

I am really enjoying blogging again, knee deep though I am in work that I cannot yet share. I recently had the pleasure of a Burst into Bloom coaching session with Mary Lunnen, whose work has inspired me since I first attended a workshop with her a couple of years ago at a local Mind, Body and Spirit event. Continue reading

Coming into Community: She Howls Open Mic

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of being an audience member for the second She Howls online open mic night for female authors.

Even if only as an audience member, being part of groups such as these is an integral part of me returning to my craft.

Bearing witness to the strength and power in these women’s words underlined the importance of being able to speak things into submission. Guest poet Jhilmil Breckenridge said it best when she asserted ‘Writing can set you free.’

I’ve seen it in my practice, and more recently railed against it – as beautiful as the process can be, there is no denying the ache that comes with it.

To be fully human is to be vulnerable…and to use vulnerability well is a gift, which every one of those who read on Thursday night had in spades.

I am already eagerly anticipating the next event in September, within which I hope to be able to share in the magic of others’ words, and perhaps add some of my own.

For further information, please visit Dal Kular’s website.

Longing and Belonging workshop with Penny Shutt

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop facilitated by Dr. Penny Shutt at Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall.

In May, I became a member of Lapidus International, an organisation for people with an interest in writing for wellbeing. This was the first of their events that I was able to attend..and what a wonderful way to begin. Continue reading

New article: ‘The Lost Art of Listening’ [Verbal Remedy]

It has been too long since I last wrote here, but I am delighted to announce the publication of my latest article, ‘The Lost Art of Listening’ by Verbal Remedy.

 

We find ourselves now in a world whose citizens have forgotten how to listen. Minutes, hours and days slip by as we convince ourselves that we’re taking it all on board. It’s easier than ever to glaze over, in a world where smart phones and other technologies offer the possibility of escape from the vital experience of connecting with one another.

You can read the whole piece, and share your thoughts on the Verbal Remedy article itself.