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‘Eric Gill: The Body’ at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, until 3 September

Ever since I first came across Eric Gill's work for The Golden Cockerel Press when I was a student of fine bookbinding, I have admired his art whilst feeling an intuitive ambivalence about his portrayal of the female body. So when Fiona MacCarthy’s biography of Gill was published in 1989, revealing (from Gill’s meticulous diaries)… Continue reading ‘Eric Gill: The Body’ at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, until 3 September

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Welcome 2017 and bring on the Parsnip Soup!

Three weeks into the New Year and I haven’t broken a single New Year’s resolution. But that’s because I don’t much like resolutions and I didn’t make any. Resolution implies something that can be decided on, put to bed, removing all doubt. I don’t think life is like that. And one of the earlier meanings… Continue reading Welcome 2017 and bring on the Parsnip Soup!

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‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.’

I've always liked that line from Robert Frost's ‘The Death of the Hired Man’. The Poem-a-Thon in Brighton on Sunday 11 December is raising funds for the Refugee Council which does excellent work helping refugees and asylum seekers – who have suffered terrible losses – find the openings they need in order to feel at home… Continue reading ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.’

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Illustrated talk for University of Kent symposium on Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities on 21st April 2016

http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/research/conferences/artistsbooks.html This talk/article has also been posted on the BMJ Medical Humanities blog. I had been so looking forward to this wonderful symposium devised, designed and immaculately planned by Stella Bolaki, and to seeing the exhibition of Martha Hall's and other book artists' work  – which is still on until 14 August  (Prescriptions Beaney House of… Continue reading Illustrated talk for University of Kent symposium on Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities on 21st April 2016

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Bodies on show

‘The Ethics of Display: exhibiting vulnerable bodies' At the Centre for the History of Medicine, the University of Warwick, 21 March 2016 When I signed up for this symposium I was still thinking about the tricky questions thrown up by Lucy Lyons’ ‘Drawing Parallels’ workshop at UCL last year. The experience of that day spent trying… Continue reading Bodies on show

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StAnza 2016 – a festive table

What a privilege to be invited to take part in StAnza 2016, the 19th annual poetry festival in St Andrews. Heartfelt thanks to Eleanor Livingstone and to all the members of the team who every year organise and programme this outstanding festival. StAnza extends such a warm welcome to everyone who attends – it really… Continue reading StAnza 2016 – a festive table

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The film of ‘Take Me With You’

It’s already three weeks since Tim and I put on Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss at Brighton and Sussex Medical School on 18 February. Many thanks indeed to all who came along and joined us that evening. We really enjoyed the event, although (just like real life) it didn’t… Continue reading The film of ‘Take Me With You’

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Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss

Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss 6.00-8.30 pm, Thursday 18 February 2016 at the Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer Campus BN1 9PX Museum open from 6.00 pm Clare Best and Tim Andrews in conversation (+q&a) 6.30-7.30 pm Drinks reception from 7.30 pm Museum open until 8.30 pm… Continue reading Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss

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An evening at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies on the 21st of September 2015

I am most grateful to Philip Scibilia – who heads up the Medical Humanities programme – and to Elizabeth Fehsenfeld for their invitation to speak last week and for their enthusiastic welcome and generous hospitality. Thank you to Tara Jenner for the warm introduction. I was delighted to meet Sean Nevin who is Director of… Continue reading An evening at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies on the 21st of September 2015

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Putting up Springlines at Glyndebourne

Yesterday was a long day – but thank goodness the rain more or less held off and so we could get the paintings (some of them are huge) and all the text panels into the Stalls Gallery without too much trouble. Hanging the larger paintings proved quite a challenge for Steve, partly because he had to be… Continue reading Putting up Springlines at Glyndebourne