Friday night is Health and Safety Night: Seating

Professor Mal Archaic: (dry, academic cough) "Excuse me.  I take my role as lecturer on Health and Safety upon this Blog, on the Friday evenings quite seriously.  This work is so vital that I am mystified as to why we do not have such films running every weeknight.  Anyhow.  Enough about me and my superbly …

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Sudden Life Changes – Michelle Obama

The bookshops are full of Michelle Obama's autobiography: "Becoming".  Here is an audio recording of her reading her own words (on BBC), recording the start of what it was like to become First Lady.  Click here to access audio recording, if you live in the UK.  (I'm not quire sure how you'd access this, if …

Knitting Inspiration: Kaffe Fassett

This 5 minute video lets Kaffe Fassett describe in his inimitable, colourful way, how he discovered knitting and brought his painterly eye to it, bringing a wave of colour into 1980s knitting in Britain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-vR_hi1Gtw Also, don't miss another post on this blog about quilting here.  Both these videos are recorded in his home, which …

7 actions for beginning writers

Previously posted but I enjoyed rereading it this morning. I doubt if any writer has ever complained of being encouraged too much. Do share with any writer or would-be-writer friends.

Comma And

I found myself writing this encouragement to a young writer approaching a course in Literature at University – but much of it is useful to any beginning writers:

1.  Believe that you are a writer already.

This is tough.  You think “But I haven’t had my first novel published!”  “But I haven’t sold my first filmscript…..” and the minute you say “I’m a writer” to other people, they will ask “So what have you sold?”  – which doesn’t help.

But being an artist and selling work don’t always flow together.

Van Gogh was a painter to his fingertips, worked hard all his life and only ever sold ONE painting, while alive.

2.  Because you are a writer, you can begin planning a writing career.

Think of what you want to have achieved in 5 years.

Aim for it.

Don’t just meekly do what will get you good marks in School…

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Exhibition Lecture: “Transatlantic Connections: Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol” Edinburgh

Today is the opening day of the newest exhibition at the National Gallery Modern Two in Edinburgh: Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol, titled "I want to be a machine."  I attended an opening lecture at lunchtime and then went across town to see the exhibition for myself. Curator Keith Hartley introduces lunchtime lecturerAnne Massey; "Transatlantic …