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An ancient art

Originally posted on The Light Ships:
[gallery columns="6" ids="2623,2624,2625,2626,2627,2628,2629,2630,2631,2632,2633,2634" orderby="rand"] Arranging flowers into a pleasing display must be one of the oldest expressions of human creativity. One can imagine even a Neanderthal responding to the colour and form of flowers by wanting to bring them close, to keep them as living evidence of nature’s extraordinary…

12 Years a Slave

Authorship and authenticity

 In 1841, a young father and musician was kidnapped in Washington DC, shipped in chains to New Orleans and sold into a slavery that he endured until 1853 when, through the intervention of friends and sympathisers, he was rescued and reunited with his family. From that day to this, his story has been told, retold…

Shadow Play, William Lindley

The Light Ships cast off

‘I feel quite moved that this is happening.’ Mary is the spirit behind ‘Handmade in Moulton’, her village’s arts and crafts festival, and a member of the congregation of All Saints, We were chatting about The Light Ships, the latest regular marvel, which celebrates the parish church as a centre of artistic creation in community…

CAE Westacre Theatre1

Back to rural touring

Yesterday afternoon, I met three people who promote the arts at Hindolveston Village Hall, in Norfolk. They mentioned, in passing, that 65 people had come to watch a satellite broadcast of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake on Easter Sunday. They would, I sensed, have liked a few more in the audience, but I was so impressed…

Self-Portrait, 1887, Vincent Van Gogh

Misguided visionaries and rigid minds

From My Life is the most ambitious Regular Marvel so far, and it is already testing some aspects of the model. The issue, as so often in the arts, is money. My other projects have averaged about £10,000 including production costs, though Where we Dream cost more. It was possible because there was just me and the…

Looking for Melody (Stills)  6

Filming creation

Each Regular Marvel is the result of conversations, reflection and shared creativity. They only exist because of many people’s willingness to join a trip across unknown land. Their different voices and observations, experiences and perspectives, shape what story is told and how. I’ve also involved artists and friends like Bill Ming, Rosie Redzia,  Mik Godley, Ben Wigley and…