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Saturday, July 23, 2011

People Watching

I love people watching.  After all, for a theatre director, this is how you learn the grammar and syntax of human interaction.  Little moments of physical behaviour provide the director with passages of movement that can be choreographed into a stage picture to underline the intentions of the characters.  The audience will probably recognise these little elements and a director can also play with them to contradict their dialogue to produce little tropes and moments of unease.

Two examples which I have noticed in the past couple of days:  At a gallery for a private view night.  Most people arrived in pairs or singly,  As they took up positions around the gallery, the singletons would join the pairs as they recognised friends and acquaintances.  One of the  original pair would eventually leave and another wanderer would join the group.  Thus, over the course of the evening, the predominant group size was the trio but with the members continually changing.  These little groups would hold more or less the same position in the room despite the everchanginging personnel.

Secondly:  A pedestrian precinct observed from above.  The patterns that passers by made were a complicated series of swirling curves and arabesques as individuals moved through the crowd.  Even those with an apparent sense of purpose did not make a straight line but a series of sweeping zigzags.  There are no straight lines in human interactions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Science Fiction and the New Scientist

You all know about my love of science fiction.  As I've said before, it tells us a lot about being human. My post here on May 20th It takes us away from what may be the banal aspects of quotidian existence and shows some of the things that are universal about being human. And yet, while the scientific community keeps one eye on the genre, students of serious literature aften turn their noses up at the genre.  So, well done to The New Scientist (a proper journal for the scientific community) for publishing a report on "Readercon" - as they describe it 'an annual event for the readers of imaginative fiction'.  The report on Readercon in The New Scientist

Do We All Speak The Same Language?

Poets and writers often muse on the relationsship beteween the shape and sound.  Do words have more significance than just being a random collection of abstract symbols?  Poets know instinctively when a word is  right for a particular use.Those of us who take words, their meanings and appearances, seriously have often thought there might be some real. hidden meanings therein.  Here is some serious research that seems to suggest there is.  And what's more, there might even be some sort of prehistoric, pre language link between the world around and our use of descriptive language. It might be possible to reconstruct the basis of all human language and, perhaps, point to some sort of universal themes that would enable all humans to converse together. Article from New Scientist. Click Here

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beach Combing, Street Combing

An exciting creative writing workshop  in the beautiful seaside town of Swanage 14th August 2011 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Led by
Christine Aziz
 Award-winning Novelist, poet and playwright
Peter John Cooper
Playwright, poet and long term resident of Swanage

Explore the town's  shores and historic streets to inspire your unique writing voice, and empower your imagination. For all budding writers. Bring your own lunch. Refreshments provided.

Dress for the weather. Wheelchair access

Cost £40.
To book tel: 07910 756652
or email wordjuice@hotmail. co. uk

The Mowlem Theatre Community Room, Shore Road,
Swanage, Dorset