Encouragement for a young actress

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Video Diary: NaNoWriMo

So National Novel Writing Month is nearly here.  What’s it like to work through the goal of writing 50,000 words of your novel in November? Kristina Horner shows us her 8th year’s experience of the programme – in only 7 minutes.

This video is a kaleidoscope of emotions in the life of a young person. I doubt if George Eliot had a similar writing process.  I am sure Virginia Woolf would have been horrified at the idea of 123,000 people viewing you in the process of writing.  But after all, this is a reflection on how the world of communication – written and verbal – is so entirely different now to classical ways of writing.

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14 tips for new TV comedy/drama writers

The tone of this seminar at Xponorth2017 was very positive – some advice specifically for Scotland but generally useful for UK writers. Main advice for new writers: Look at the website BBC Writersroom for writing opportunities in BBC but also theatres When there’s an open call for submissions, send in your scripts. Keep sending them your work so they get a sense of your writing … Continue reading 14 tips for new TV comedy/drama writers

How to get best food experience

  Food critic, Jay Rayner‘s top tip for great eating experience? “thou shalt choose thy dining companions bloody carefully. I am constantly asked to name my favourite dining experience but the truth is that it all depends on the company. Get the choice of dining companion wrong and even the most sublime cooking can taste only of ashes.”   – Jay Rayner From article “10 questions … Continue reading How to get best food experience

Instagram Poet – Rupi Kaur

Case Study: Rupi Kaur.  One of the most successful (ie most followed on instagram with 1 million followers, most read in published book) poet is Rupi Kaur whose use of Instagram is masterly – because alternates words and pictures.  Her posts appear in rows of 3 squares – below is a screen shot of one such row. Usually, the pattern is to alternate between a poem with … Continue reading Instagram Poet – Rupi Kaur

Seeing with poetry (9 mins)

In this video, poet Ken Cockburn and artist Juliana Capes describe the great hall in the Scottish Portrait Gallery to a group of people with sight difficulties.  They use poetic descriptions as well as poetry in what seems to be a very successful fusion.  This and other similar events are organized by Artlink. This film is part of Artlink’s Investigate Create project, bringing artists and … Continue reading Seeing with poetry (9 mins)