Writers write about rights: EU Referendum

I would not describe myself as a political animal, but sometimes I just have to say my piece. But despite being a writer, I actually find in difficult to voice my political ideals and opinions, to formulate arguments without sounding like a simplistic child saying “But why mummy?”

Instead I have collected some wordsmiths together, to voice their opinions; which strangely, correlate to my own. Best of all are the letters ‘Dear Britain’ from the Guardian, written by 10 writers and thinkers from France, Sweden, Germany and more. I have to admit, a couple brought a tear to my eye.

It reminded me of that film, Contact, starring Jodie Foster; when she travels to the other place (I don’t want to give anything away to those who have not seen it yet), she says:

                                             “They should have sent a poet.”

Irvine Welsh writes, in The Guardian (online): However we vote, the elites will win the EU referendum

“One cast-iron guarantee in our polarising age is that this unedifying chauvinism is only going to get uglier. The other certainty is that whether you back red or black in the tawdry, crumbling casino of neoliberalism, and whatever the slimy croupiers of the mainstream media urge, it’s the house that invariably wins.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/30/eu-referendum-neoliberal-irvine-welsh

 

J.K Rowling writes:  On Monsters, Villains and the EU Referendum

“… how can a retreat into selfish and insecure individualism be the right response when Europe faces genuine threats…”

http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/#/timeline/on-monsters-villains-and-the-EU-referendum

 

And finally. Also in the Guardian: Dear Britain: Elena Ferrante, Slavoj Žižek and other European writers on Brexit. These European authors tell us what they think about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU. It is heart warming, truly.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/04/dear-britain-letters-from-europe-referendum?CMP=share_btn_fb#_=_

 

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Who has the time to promote their work?

I see it has been a couple of months since I last wrote on here – shame on me!

You know, when you write (or try to write!) sometimes the last thing you want to do, is write some more, sounds strange I know but bear with me.

As a visual artist, what I was interested in was art. I created art, I painted pictures. Although I trained as a sculptor, I had to adapt simply for the sake of time and space. We, my then boyfriend now hubby, lived in a  three up two down, with the landlord. Both artists. Making life-size sculptures was, as you can imagine, near impossible. So I decided to train myself in painting. (*Just as a matter of interest; I took my degree in the 80s – when no-one really taught you anything at Uni.)It might sound peculiar, but when you do an art degree, it is subject specific within the subject of art; so the painters painted, the printers printed, the sculptors welded metal, hacked at plaster and formed clay – and we rarely, if ever, crossed paths.

So I had to teach myself to paint. It was dreadful to begin with. I thought painters had to work in oils. What a tragic mess! I could draw well, but once the paint hit the canvas, it was a mud bath. Then I discovered these wonderful things called ‘acrylics’. Hear the opening chorus ‘Hallelujah!’ And I was away. I was very influenced by books too; ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘Nights at the Circus’ by Angela Carter, ‘The House of the Spirits’ by Isabel Allende. All fed my chaotic, colourful, fragmented mind-set. I painted every day, and I mean every day. Small A5 size right up to A0 size. Had exhibitions, formed an artists support group, sold some work, blah, blah, blah – yes you visual artists out there know exactly where we’re going with this. A sale of £300 a year ain’t going to feed you – so you get a job. You have a kid. Bye, bye time.

      

 

The point I am trying to make is; artists, writers, musicians, whatever creative type, do it because that is what they are good at, it isn’t a job, it is more a way of being. It is a particular form of communication that we use. I painted because I can’t write poetry. That was my language and I was fairly good at it. I didn’t want to go around promoting it. There was no internet then, all my images were on slides (now lost) or photographs (many lost) and so without touting your work, networking (I hate that word), getting out of your studio/bedroom/garret/whatever, no-one knows about you. You could be the finest artist in the world – but if you don’t make the effort to put it out there, who knows the work exists?

So, now I write, have been writing for just about 2 years now. And what do I know about promotion?! Squat.

I write nearly everyday. I have a job that takes up five days a week. My child is independent (almost), but now there are ageing parents and in-laws. When am I supposed to write about my writing?!

And that is what I mean when I said at the beginning,  when you write (or try to write!) sometimes the last thing you want to do, is write some more…

As an addendum to this, I am going to do some self promotion now. I had a lovely review on Amazon for my slender volume – Sticks & Stones. A collection of short stories based on witchcraft. The writer  has made some very lovely comments which I would like to share:-

“A compact collection of well-crafted short stories on the theme of witches and witchcraft. There are some graphic and quite uncomfortable stories in this collection, but the vivid use of language makes it a very entertaining read. For me the stand out stories include Passing On, a chilling and disturbing first person account of medieval a witch trial; the vivid and poetic Sticks and Stones; and probably my favourite, the heart warming tale, Rescuing Robert.” M. Wood  Sticks & Stones

If you are not a creative type, you may not be able to understand how much reviews mean to writers, and how uplifting it is when someone likes your work. It is a self-published book, so what? I wrote it, it’s my creation and this review makes me proud. So, if you want to get something for someone this coming Father’s Day; if he is a writer, give him a great review. If he is an artist; promote his work for him. If he sells online; help promote and Favourite his work. And if you want to be nice to me! Write a review of my stories!

I thank you