So what did you do during lockdown? Made sourdough? Learned a language? Maybe after a couple of weeks and having done none of those things (don’t mention the sewing) I was feeling underemployed, because on an impulse I signed up to a project to learn and sing the whole of the Messiah by the end … Continue reading Handel’s Messiah, not just for Christmas! @messiahathome
Sometimes it feels like everything has come to a halt but in the writing world it there’s more to do than ever and I have had to distance myself from social media to avoid feelings of not rising to the task! However that doesn’t mean you need to do the same, so here are a … Continue reading Not everything has come to a complete halt
Like so many things, our Bath Writers and Artists calendar has had to be rejigged and our day of contemplating The Sea has been postponed. But with the coast out of bounds to everyone except its native inhabitants (how I wished I’d followed an urge to drive to Clevedon just before the lockdown!) what better … Continue reading A (virtual) day at the seaside
I don’t suppose it’s surprising that composing in different artistic genres and media should be simialr but these things always catch me unawares. Like on Sunday when I was half-listening to Elaine Page on Radio 2 interviewing songwriter Steven Schwartz. When he alluded to songs which tell a story successfully, something he also tries to … Continue reading Song and Story: a lightbulb moment on Radio 2. #writingtips #writerscraft #showdonttell
I didn’t intend this blog to be a travelogue but Denmark surprised me enough to want to feel the need to shout about it. I’m not sure what I expected of Copenhagen other than a change of air and maybe something akin to Amsterdam. In fact although there are canal-side walks which ressemble the Dutch … Continue reading Denmark: old and new and more than its very good pastries
We first came to Bristol way back in the 70s, not long after Brunel’s SS Great Britain had been rescued and towed all the way back from the Falkland Islands. Like Concorde it was very much part of our new neighbourhood. Since then we’ve seen the ship restored to her former glory and now transformed … Continue reading Ship-ahoy! Summer fun at Brunel’s SS Great Britain @ssgreatbritain #summerspectacular
Wednesday evening saw the culmination of a project which began a year ago when Bristol photographer Colin Moody and community arts group the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft found themselves bemoaning the restricted and stereotypical images of Bristol seen in holiday postcards. A competition was mooted and the city invited to send in alternatives along … Continue reading Launch of Proper Bristol Postcards: no more suspension bridges, easy on the balloons!