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The Gift of Encouraging Creativity
For my thirteenth birthday, a grandmother figure gave me a five-year journal. I’ve received some pretty generous and wacky gifts over the years, but I think that one sticks out as my absolute favourite. I kept that journal every day...
What is the Fascination with Shadows?
Is it that they tell part of a story without giving away the whole picture? Or that they are mysterious, not quite representing things as we see them? Or is it simply that as a creative and a photographer I...
When to Share Your Work… and When Not To
Like any writer worth their salt, I have a slew of rejections languishing in my inbox. If you’re planning to make a career in the arts, unless you tumble out of the womb and bump into New York’s most powerful...
I See Life in Colour: why does my journal have to be in black and white?
I once found a letter that was written by an aunt during the 1940’s. It was typed beautifully and explained to the recipient that the blitz in London wasn’t affecting their spirits or their work. Through that small window of...
The Joy of Privacy
When I was little, one of my parents’ friends climbed Everest. I remember sitting with a small crowd in somebody’s dark living room, watching a slide-show of his photos. There were clunky transitions, problems with focus, lengthy stories that accompanied...
Getting through Writer’s Block
A blank page. A nice pen. A rare hour of quiet to yourself. A steaming cup of tea next to you. And… nothing. Nope. Not one thing. Oh, hang on… You scrawl down half a sentence. Then cross it out....
The Argument for Writing by Hand
We all have our quirks and foibles when it comes to creating a conducive work environment. As a book editor, I’ve seen it all: writers who require a rare brand of mint tea in one particular mug; who can only write with...
A Journal Entry a Day Keeps the Madness at Bay
For a variety of reasons, I spent the best part of a decade bottling things up. I’m sure being British had something to do with it. We’re a country of people expert at making polite conversation while resolutely not talking...