Writing a memoir? I could tell you stories…

Writing a memoir? I could tell you stories…

Several of my creative coaching clients are working on a writing project that’s drawn from their own life experiences. And, as I was when I was writing my book The Clearing, at a certain point they are somewhat taken aback to realise that they are writing….a memoir....
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...
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...
Creativity as practice

Creativity as practice

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, if you have been one of my coaching clients, or if you’ve been one of my students over the years, you’ll know I am a big fan of approaching our creative work as a practice. Practice is a word that has so many useful...

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