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!
So up to now I’ve had a passing acquaintance with classical sculpture and got to know quite a bit about Amelia Paton Hill, the Victorian sculptor who figures prominently in In the Blink of an Eye. However she too was working in a broadly classical tradition, so the kind offer of tickets to the RWA Sculpture Exhibition (on … Continue reading Sculpture: Open Exhibition at @rwabristol
I guess most Bristolians are familiar with the Paintworks development, a small business enclave off the A4 which is home to a host of creative companies (including Tangent Books) and the popular Bocabar Restaurant. Having recently got wind of a couple of new arrivals from the world of photography (yes!) I decided it was time … Continue reading Bristol’s Photography Quarter: a well-kept secret?