14Mar

Protect your creativity today! Shrugging off negativity or a sense of inadequacy

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How do we protect our creativity and should we nurture this important sense of self? We should not be afraid of the past and as ‘creatives’ we cannot afford to be overawed by the back catalogue of other people’s creativity. If we…
14Mar

If Only I Could Start – A Few Ideas For Putting Words on Paper

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We all need a few warm up exercises to allow us to start writing. Apparently, we all have a novel in us, that may well be, but most will never manage to extricate it from their heads. There are many reasons…
14Mar

Isn’t a Writing Retreat just a self-indulgent waste of time?

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Why would you book a creative retreat anyway? People often ask, what is the point of a writing retreat? Isn’t it just a ‘wanky bollox’ kind of ego-centred load of nonsense? That was a quote by the way! I suppose…
14Mar

No 16 Earrings My Life In Objects

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How a chance encounter on a street corner changed my ears With my background one might have imagined pierced ears would have been traditional from an early age, but no, I wasn’t one of those grammar school ‘gels’ who walked…
14Mar

No 3 My Record Collection My Life In Objects

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A blog is only a start in evaluating the importance of music in my life I am in the cheating mood and my music collection is an object, let’s split hairs and say it’s a collective noun, so it’s in the singular.…
14Mar

No 14 Pestle and Mortar My Life In Objects

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Why would anyone be crazy enough to collect pestle and mortars? Throughout my life I have been through a number of collecting phases which span varied subject matter, hmnn, let me see: I used to collect stones from the garden…
14Mar

No 45 A Book Of Days My Life In Objects

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How a fear of death promoted a visual celebration of life The Chambers’ Book Of Days by Robert Chambers (1802-1871) is an interesting volume. It consists of matters connected to the church calendar which would have punctuated the year and…
14Mar

No 36 A Rupert Annual 1936 My Life In Objects

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How a battered book began my love affair with the written word We lived in a house opposite a paper mill. Much to my chagrin we were one of the first houses in the row which did not have a…
14Mar

No 42 A Pair of Leather Trousers My Life In Objects

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Why do leather trousers never cease to be fashionable? Is it just a case of sex, drugs and rock n roll or is it piety, Horlicks and a bit of hymn singing? Leather trousers have a specific cachet; they still…
14Mar

No 38 Basmati Rice My Life in Objects

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How a touch of the exotic reached South London in 1970 I grew up in a household that enjoyed cooking and eating Fejoada, a Brazilian dish of pigs’ trotters, tails, chuck steak and black beans. Everyone would look forward to this…