Everyday living, Life Writing, News, Vacant Possession

Making ‘Vacant Possession’ – a site-specific performance to say goodbye to a house (written by Sara Clifford and Clare Best, directed by Nicola Blackwell)

Sometimes good things come out of disappointments. Sara and I had planned a Writers in Residence event at the University of Brighton for late April, themed around collaboration and site-specific work. Speakers and space were booked, but the date was too close to exams, and on the night we found ourselves in a small circle… Continue reading Making ‘Vacant Possession’ – a site-specific performance to say goodbye to a house (written by Sara Clifford and Clare Best, directed by Nicola Blackwell)

Event, News, Springlines

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

Event, News, Springlines

Springlines exhibition at Glyndebourne from 8 July to 30 August

Mary Anne and I are delighted to announce an exhibition in the Stalls Gallery at Glyndebourne from 8 July until the end of the season on 30 August. We're going to show work from all kinds of watery sites we've visited over the past year or two, and there'll also be a specifically Glyndebourne focus.… Continue reading Springlines exhibition at Glyndebourne from 8 July to 30 August

Body, Life Writing, Memoir, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Touching the Core

'If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.' Gospel of St Thomas I thoroughly enjoyed the Self-portrait without Breasts event at Kings College London on February 24th. A huge… Continue reading Touching the Core

Event, News, Springlines

Event at University of Brighton, 26 Feb 2015

University of Brighton, Arts & Humanities, invites you to a Writers in Residence Salon Thursday 26th February 2015 Boardroom (M2), Grand Parade, BN2 0JY All welcome: free entry, wine and canapés from 5.30 pm discussion on CREATIVE COLLABORATION from 6.30 pm   How do artists from different disciplines approach creative collaboration? How can they identify and overcome… Continue reading Event at University of Brighton, 26 Feb 2015

Event, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Back from Transatlantic Connections 2 – a Drew University conference in Ireland

I liked the look of this conference as soon as I saw the call for papers from Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (based in Madison, New Jersey). This was to be an interdisciplinary gathering, with the Medical Humanities School at Drew interested in ‘a conversation about the importance and conceptual scope of the… Continue reading Back from Transatlantic Connections 2 – a Drew University conference in Ireland

Body, Life Writing, Memoir, News

The work of waiting

'The more Susan waited, the more the doorbell didn't ring. Or the phone.' Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency I’ve always liked Advent – the idea of waiting by preparing. Active waiting. Years ago, when I was waiting and hoping for a baby, I bought a handmade crib in a hilltop town in Provence.… Continue reading The work of waiting

News, Springlines

Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis’s recent exhibition at Portland Gallery, London

Here's the text of a review I wrote for Mary Anne's latest exhibition at Portland Gallery, London, which included a good number of paintings made as part of the Springlines project: Tim Craven, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery, in his excellent essay at the front of the catalogue, places Aytoun-Ellis’ work firmly… Continue reading Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis’s recent exhibition at Portland Gallery, London

Body, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

The 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine: a few thoughts

Here's a link to a short piece I've written about the Symposium on 10 May, for the BMJ Medical Humanities blog. http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-humanities/2014/05/17/5th-international-symposium-on-poetry-and-medicine-at-the-royal-society-of-medicine-wimpole-street-london-on-saturday-10-may-2014/