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Alpha poems

At the start of my ‘Sanctuary’ project, I mind stormed the word and come up with some unusual suggestions.
I have since narrowed them down into the following Alpha poem for further thought:
Asylum
Book
Cage
Dream
Embassy
Folly
Green (room)
Hole
Island
Journal
Kinship
Launchpad
Microcosm
Nest
Orb
Prison
Quarter
Ruins
Solar
Touchstone
Urn
Vault
Womb
Xystus
Yard
Zariba
Several of the above have found their way into subsequent poems based on the theme, and one has provided an unexpected metaphor for the collection.
If you are embarking on a new creative project or piece of writing, you might like to try this idea to tease out subconscious connections.
It would be interesting to hear what results it produces.

Finding Sanctuary

Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker
Finding Sanctuary is the unifying theme of the poetry collection that I am currently working on.
As the summer holidays approach and we head off for the beach, the mountains or our own back gardens for a period of peace and respite, I invite you to consider where you find sanctuary in your daily life.
Is it a room in your house, a chat with a friend or a particular place that you like to visit?
Yesterday I went to Durham which is one of those places which appeals to my soul. Somewhere where I like to spend ‘time out’ when I have a few hours to spare. It is also the place I visited to seek inspiration when I first started this new poetry series back in January.
I have always thought of the sanctuary knocker on the cathedral door as more of a green man/pagan symbol so was intrigued when I read that it has also been interpreted as being a lion or a Chinese dragon mask.
In mediaeval times people seeking sanctuary from the hue and cry would use it to knock on the cathedral door and be admitted for a period of 37 days.
During this time they either had to come to terms with their fate or leave the country on the first boat to set sail from the port of Hartlepool.
I have used this idea in a previous story set in the twelfth century but have not yet found the answer to why sanctuary could only be claimed for 37 days.
An historian friend vaguely recalls it having something to do with Anglo-Saxon laws.
Does anyone know the answer?

MY “FALLING STAR” WORK SUPPORTING “AN EXHIBITION FOR A RESTORATION” PROJECT IN NORCIA (PERUGIA-UMBRIA, ITALY)

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An interesting piece from Roberto Alborghetti who ‘found’ his “Falling Star” in old posters/waste paper baskets. I found an interesting character in my spam stream this week. She is wearing a read snake print dress accessorised by a white Chanel vintage bag and high heeled black-suede shoes by Guiseppe. I don’t know why fashion houses are suddenly bombarding my blog but their ads are a useful (if unexpected) source of inspiration for finding new characters.

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" A FALLING STAR" BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, COLLAGE, CM 53X35

“FALLING STAR”

by Roberto Alborghetti

COLLAGE OF WASTE-PAPER PIECES FROM TORN

AND DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS

2012, CM.53X35

This work is a collage created with 300 waste-paper pieces from torn and decomposed publicity posters.

It was selected and donated to the 40th edition of “An exhibition for a restoration” project which intends to protect and to preserve a great piece of art by Jacopo Siculo (XVI Century), “Incoronazione della Vergine”, in the beautiful Norcia (Perugia, Italy).  

My “Falling Star” work will be on show in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12, 2014 to September 7, 2014,  at Complesso monumentale San Francesco. The event is promoted by Comitato “Una mostra, Un restauro”.

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs. Roberto has already collected, around the world, more than 50.000 images.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure…

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Inspirational Writing Tips

A section in today’s ‘From Writing with Love Newsletter’ by Avril Joy reminded me of the exercise I facilitated during last Wednesday’s workshop for Richmond Writers.
I arranged about 100 inspirational writing tips in a bowl. Members of the group were invited to select one of these tips, which had been folded into the shape of a flower petal, to open it out and share it with the rest of the group.
Today I have selected 12 tips from the set which I hope will inspire you to keep on writing:
* Create a scrapbook of your novel
* Do something to take you nearer to your goal
* Take your writing to the next level
* Pick a time and place to write
* Words change lives
* Begin by deciding the shape and size of your book
* Just write
* Read critically
* Write down your ideas, thoughts, observations
* Mine your life
* Believe in yourself, you can do it!
* Write what you want to read.
These are just some of the many writing tips and inspirational quotes I have collected from writers over the years.
For more ideas on how to collect and be creative with writing tips and to sign up to Avril’s newsletter see: http://www.avriljoy.com

Workshop for Richmondshire Writers

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A quick reminder about Wednesday’s workshop in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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On Wednesday 18th June I will be running a workshop for Richmondshire Writers who meet at Greyfriars Lounge, Flints Terrace, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DQ from 7-9p.m.
The workshop is based on the theme of ‘Developing your Writer Self’ and is open to both members and non-members alike.
During the evening I will be guiding you through a series of creative exercises designed to enable you to reflect on creative output to date, identify next steps to take and develop a vision map to use as a tool for future creative practice.
I will draw from examples in my own writer’s journey and invite you to share tips and ideas that have worked for you along the way.
For further details about Richmondshire Writers see their website at: http://www.richmondshirewriters.com

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Time out in Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
I have been thinking a lot about white space lately in both my writing and my life, so I decided to take some time out to breathe and take in the air in Northumberland, one of my favourite English counties.
The photo above was taken by my husband while we were walking on Bamburgh beach, one of my favourite places to spend time out.
Although I’ve been to Bamburgh many times before I’ve never visited the Grace Darling museum, so I made a point of doing so on this occasion.
The museum has a free exhibition about the life of Grace Darling who became famous after she rowed out in a storm with her father to rescue passengers and crew from the S.S.Forfarshire, a steamer which had broken up on the rocks in a hurricane force storm. She was 22 years old at the time (07/09/1938) and only lived a further four years after that eventful night.
Her story inspired poems by Wordsworth and Swinburne, and the following by myself:

One mile I rowed that night,
one mile there and one mile back.

Nine souls I hauled that night,
the angel’s share of a mermaid’s catch.

The fate I snagged that night,
fame, fortune and a shorter life.

The name I made that night,
borne forever on the wind and tide.

The price I paid that night,
no bairns to carry on my line.

Where do you go when you want to take time out? What new things are there still to discover in your favourite places? How can you fit more white space in your life and your writing?

Workshop for Richmondshire Writers

On Wednesday 18th June I will be running a workshop for Richmondshire Writers who meet at Greyfriars Lounge, Flints Terrace, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DQ from 7-9p.m.
The workshop is based on the theme of ‘Developing your Writer Self’ and is open to both members and non-members alike.
During the evening I will be guiding you through a series of creative exercises designed to enable you to reflect on creative output to date, identify next steps to take and develop a vision map to use as a tool for future creative practice.
I will draw from examples in my own writer’s journey and invite you to share tips and ideas that have worked for you along the way.
For further details about Richmondshire Writers see their website at: http://www.richmondshirewriters.com

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