"If we work always in words, sometimes we need to recuperate in a place where language doesn't join up, where we're thrown back on a few elementary nouns.
Sea. Bird. Sky.”
Kathleen Jamie whose latest poetry collection The Overhaul recently won a major literary prize tells us she is still learning to listen and to see. In her collection…Continue
Back in the Ottoman Empire, thresholds were regarded as the abode of the djinn. So says Elif Shafak in her short book The Happiness of Blond People, thus in oriental cultures thresholds have been seen as elusive places, zones of ambiguity.
Elif Shafak however, grew to love thresholds, the gateway of the imagination, a place she resided in as a young girl listening to her…Continue
It is only a weekend away house-sitting, but the effect of being in another space and not having any of the same distractions, where my only responsibility is make dinner at 7pm for a lovely 87-year-old couple and my own family has inspired a whole new project.
My daughter and I have embarked on a joint creative project Our Quiet Challenge in…Continue
My 10-year-old daughter wants to have her own blog. We tried it for a little while, linked to mine but it didn't work, though the people whose posts she accidentally re-blogged onto mine were most appreciative if a little bewildered at my gesture.Continue