No new year is complete without a review of the old one....
''When dynamite is lobbed into the middle of your life, it demands a response. A lot of loose ends were coming together in a glorious collision at the end of one very intense September; the conclusion of many strands and stories in my life unravelling simultaneously. I decided that any random pyrotechnic attacks should be managed better, that I should see them coming and find a way to head them off. So I decided to take a mid life gap year to re-group and lay charges which would manage controlled explosions, and began to think of all the things I wanted to do. Unlike ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ it was more a list than a title; it went something like this:
Cook Sew Paint Grow, Move Dance Breathe Flow, Sing Write Fabricate, Sit, Listen Meditate
Basically, all of my ‘unfinished business’ which had been parked until I had time to deal with it. I have spent my working life in the arts, supporting and developing artists, and needed to recharge my own creativity. This was the opportunity to refresh and rebuild something for myself.......'
I cooked a lot, sewed a bit, painted (the house) and planted some new fruit trees. The singing and dancing were sporadic but I wrote rather a lot.
I have 60,000 words of The Art Forgers Daughter thanks partly to NaNoWriMo.
The Art Forgers Daughter explores memory, truth and lies. It tells the story of a Beatrix Prins who has lived her life out loud and now refuses to die quietly. But where is the truth and which are the lies in the patchwork of fragments and memories which survive? As her mother slips further into madness, Beatrix begins to believe that she is uncovering a shocking truth which has lain hidden for decades; the darker story of her father’s death during the liberation of Holland from Nazi occupation. Her response to it shapes her life choices and leads her to fulfil her father’s unfinished business.
the journey with us.
Watermelon Pie explores creative practice for professionals, through the Creativity at The Edges programme. Set against the landscape of life in rural Andalucía, it also explore how I got here; slices of an unusual childhood mixed in.
encourage personal growth; enable success, support aspiration and celebrate accomplishment.
I have been writing since I was at primary school, and the local paper, Manchester Evening News (UK) published my stories and poems on its children’s page. When I said that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, I was told categorically not to be silly, ‘they have people who do that sort of thing.’ Subsequently, my professional work led me to focus on supporting and developing the creative practice of arts professionals, local communities and children by providing access to media, literature and performing Arts
The landscape of writing has shifted and I am looking at new ways to continue to support writers by exploring online publishing, blogs and websites which provide access, information and opportunity to all writers, for many different purposes, so that we may all become ‘the people who do that sort of thing.’
I will be back in the UK by the end of January, based in Harwich on the East Coast of England, if anyone wishes to join me there and set up a writing group. I will also be back on this site to continue this work; the creativecasa will take bookings from writers from Easter through the summer of 2013 ......
And we will dance again and be glad of it......
‘Epiphany’: Jan 6th....also known here as ‘Reyes’, the celebration of the 3 Kings...