What does Poetry do?

Malcolm Guite: "I once had a conversation with the poet Seamus Heaney on when poetry lives and works in people, as opposed to being printed on a page or worse still, studied in a university somewhere -  when does it actually become poetry?  We both agreed that it first becomes poetry when it shimmers into …

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Salads & life

How making a salad teaches me about making more interesting creations - and life.

Making art from a wheelchair

Chuck Close, in conversation,  describes his working process.  His interviewer is a particularly excellent interviewer and art commentator (and Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts) - the knowledgeable and always watchable Tim Marlow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWLC_lghh2s Chuck is known for his immense scale portraits, his work has sold internationally for decades.  Mid-career, he suffered a sudden catastrophic …

“Weather the Storm” Short Musical Animation

"Weather the Storm" by Trunk & Radish Pictures is just exquisite animation short set to  a song, examining a difficult time - in this case, bereavement, in under 5 minutes.  Unsurprisingly, it won an award in the 2016 British Animation Awards. https://vimeo.com/161580806?from=outro-embed I heard the most wonderful quote recently from a TV presenter, Sandi Toksvig, …