Preparing to create: Instrumental Music

I’m always on the hunt for good pieces of instrumental music, because I find it gives me creative space: I can be writing words and generally being creative, without someone else’s lyrics breaking in with their thoughts.  The right music gives me a background and sense of pace.  So here’s a new album for my ears, for thinking times (as it’s quite contemplative): “Into the … Continue reading Preparing to create: Instrumental Music

Promise becomes reality: flowers unfurl

This is a time-lapse film of flowers opening: many of them are lilies or orchids, so the colours and patterns and shapes are stunning. video by David de los Santos Gil   For variation, mute the music they are presented with, and try varieties of music in your audio library.  How does it feel with ballet music?  What is the effect when it’s jazz?  Or … Continue reading Promise becomes reality: flowers unfurl

Poetry of Resilience – Irina Ratushinskaya

Poetry can inspire by acknowledging a person, telling their story, celebrating their life’s witness.  I just came across a poem by Luci Shaw, which tells us another poet/person’s story, their persistence through harsh circumstances.  Encouraging.  Luci’s poem begins with her introduction to Irina, in italics. Irina Ratushinskaya —Russian poet and physicist who was sentenced to seven years in a Soviet labor camp for writing about … Continue reading Poetry of Resilience – Irina Ratushinskaya

A sight for the ears – exhibition tie-in

Edinburgh, Scotland: Last night, I was at the book launch of a pamphlet book of poetry “Seen/Unseen” written in response to the artworks in an exhibition “Hidden Gems” at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

There was a brilliant turnout, in part due to the fact that there were 30 poets involved and most of them were there to read their poems.  Kate Hastie mc-ed the event, having curated the book and the writers – all like herself drawn from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.  Or, to put it another way, many doing Masters and PhDs in Literature or Writing.  And to put it another way, rather likely to be our next generation of published professional writers.

The poets were responding to artworks such as the picture and sculpture shown (photos from City Art Centre website)

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Time travel and Pizza

Time travel and pizza….. Well, what more could you ask for in a short animation?  Looking at the website https://slipperyedge.com,  I came across this oscar-nominated short video.  Just two minutes of your earth time.  Or is it more?  Or less? Creative Takeaways Slippery Edge like to feature the work of creative folk – have a look at their website and see if your work might … Continue reading Time travel and Pizza