Laura Drever: On Orkney light, time and walking the land

Laura Drever: On Orkney light, time and walking the land

Laura Drever is an Orcadian painter whose work grows out of her deep love of Orkney’s undulating landscapes and shifting light. Her paintings are steeped in engagement with this place and the experience of walking these particular landscapes. “Teebro” is the title of...
Living in the World as if it were Home

Living in the World as if it were Home

I have just treated myself to a new copy of a book that has done more, perhaps, to shape my thinking than any other. Recommended to me many years ago by the poet Em Strang, I already have a bashed-up ex-library copy of Canadian poet Tim Lilburn’s slender essay...
One bruised apple: how art stops time

One bruised apple: how art stops time

One of the rich pleasures of working with my coaching clients is the conversations that develop, unhurriedly, in our written correspondence. These remind me how creative work is essentially collaborative, even if it might not seem so on the surface. Connecting with...
Drinkable Rivers

Drinkable Rivers

We return to contemplating water this week. Water is a subject I have been writing about and drawing for the last couple of years, as well as reading and researching about it. As a result of this research I recently reconnected with Li An Phoa, an environmental...
Things and Gatherings: part two

Things and Gatherings: part two

This is the second half of the keynote presentation I gave to the DeathWrites RSE network at Glasgow University. Click here to read Part One. We left off thinking about how the objects we use and live with are actually nodes in a vast web of connections, ideas,...
Things and Gatherings: part one

Things and Gatherings: part one

I was recently invited to give a keynote presentation at Glasgow University, for the research network DeathWrites. Co-ordinated by Dr Amy Shea, Dr Elizabeth Reeder, and Dr Naomi Richards, the project aims to develop and support a network of Scotland-based writers from...

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