The UK General Election 2017

I’ve have watched a great deal of the election coverage and can’t help but feel that predicting the outcome of the result of these things has become almost impossible – yet, I’ll try. I think the Tories, at the every least, are in for a shock: I think they will do well to hold onto what they have. Of course, I could be wrong and they could win by a landslide but with things so unpredictable it’s probably wiser to go on instinct – to draw inspiration from the ether... Read The Rest →

This Crazy World…

What is the world coming to eh? This must be a question being asked up and down the planet. There were worse times in history, but I think it’s fair to say that the world has never been in a greater state of change and unrelenting flux. Are we on a great cusp of a new peak of humanity, or do we stand upon the brink of a new low? Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate agreement, terrorism foists itself upon the innocent at every chance – only a few... Read The Rest →

A Pilgrimage to Performance Art

Pilgrimage is defined as a journey, or search, of spiritual or moral significance: and as my adventure to the far flung island of Veno, north of Selje, on the Norwegian coast above Bergen unfolded, I’m left in no doubt that this is exactly what my journey has been.   The Performance Art festival of Veno Gard KUNST is the brainchild of Julia Kroener and Bjorn Veno, with ‘KUNST’ standing for Kindle, Unite, Nurture, & Stimulate, Thought. Part of the ethos of the festival is that the getting there is a... Read The Rest →

(an excerpt) Chapter 10: The Witch’s Ball

  This passage of writing here is a sample from the 10th chapter of the first draft of my soon to be completed book: The Hermeporta. The book is a novel of Historical Fiction based in early Baroque Italy in the year 1611: it involves the narrative of my fictional characters intertwining with real historical figures, and some of the dramatic events in the life of the scientist Galileo. I aim to finish the first draft by the end of December 2015.     Chapter 10: The Witch’s Ball  ... Read The Rest →

The Big Draw Awards 2015

On Monday the 18th of May 2015 The Big Draw hosted its 16th annual award to highlight and celebrate the significance of drawing in Britain, and around the world. Attendees to the awards, hosted in the august Painters’ Hall in the heart of the city, encompassed a broad cross section of people who were either practitioners of art, or facilitators ranging from: art teachers in primary schools, individual artists, museum curators, art patrons, gallerists and film directors of international acclaim. After registration, guests and patrons were encouraged into the main... Read The Rest →

Every Picture Tells a Story: why drawing is worth a thousand words

With ongoing concern amongst the media about extended tablet use in young children, and the debated potential for harm, it seems the need to discuss and debate cognitive development is greater than ever. Drawing has proved, since the time that man became self aware, to be one of the most powerful communicative, and conceptual development tools known to man. One need only to look at caveman drawings and paintings to have an immediate sense of recognition, an intuitive flash, of our need to depict our environment as a way of... Read The Rest →

From chimeras to crystallography: the curious treasures of The Royal Society

On Saturday the 25th of October 2014 The Royal Society politely opened the doors that lead into it’s Marble Gallery, and stood back to allow children, and their parents, to step upon the hallowed floors of one of the greatest institutions of science. Practitioners for the day, hosting either drawing workshops or talks, were: the illustrators James McKay and Beverley Young; paper engineer Andy Mansfield; fossil shell specialist Edine Pape; glass artist Shelly James; crystallographer Professor Brian Sutton, and historian Dr Sachiko Kusukawa. On first impression an institution like The... Read The Rest →

Art Participation Still Proves a Big Draw

On a very warm sunny day on the border between Hackney and Tower Hamlets, children and parents gathered in great numbers to take part in one of the increasingly popular Big Draw events held up and down the country, this event being held at The V&A Museum of Childhood on Cambridge Heath road. Some big names showed their support for the Big Draw, comprised of: Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt with Marion Deuchars, Okido, Culture Cart, Studio Hato, The Great Diary Project, Stitches in Time, Marf, and Josh Knowles. Between 11am and... Read The Rest →

A return to Italy

At last I go back. After almost two and  half years, I finally make my return to Italy to, hopefully, complete the rest of my research, and get my novel finished. Why do these things take so long? A question I’ve often heard addressed to writers, and as an aspiring writer myself I’ve always listened closely to authors answers. The best and most succinct I heard is that: ‘life just happens’. I agree, and over the past two and a half years there has been a great deal of adjustment... Read The Rest →

Why I envy the octopus

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote an update on my blog, and with good reason: I’ve been either too busy or too tired. Much has happened over the last year or so, bringing much change and developments. I started a full time job (not quite connected with the arts, but a financial comfort none the less) which in itself flies in the face of the artist’s instinctive temperament: knowing where the next pay check is coming from, but working a full week/month to get it is a... Read The Rest →

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