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Book details
  • Genre:LITERARY COLLECTIONS
  • SubGenre:English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Language:English
  • Pages:89
  • eBook ISBN:9780956954305

The Love Of Looking

by Scopophilia Publishing

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Overview
Without our senses we are dependent on our references, without references we rely on our senses. Our chosen theme for this body of work the Love of Looking, does not attempt to give prominence to any of the human senses. This would be unwise given that many of us are aware of extraordinary people who have been for one reason or another deprived of one of their senses. We only seek to examine the complexities of Looking that is, the varying levels of social interaction involved in Looking. Within the following pages we will deliver individualized understandings of the concept of Looking and the Love of Looking. These literary contributions are coupled with artistic perspectives of the concept allowing the theme to be presented over the two respective mediums. The works serve as a localized Bristol based discussion on the chosen concept for this book. Each offering demonstrates the varying considerations to be taken into account when discussing the concept of Looking.
Description
Without our senses we are dependent on our references, without references we rely on our senses. Our chosen theme for this body of work the Love of Looking, does not attempt to give prominence to any of the human senses. This would be unwise given that many of us are aware of extraordinary people who have been for one reason or another deprived of one of their senses. We only seek to examine the complexities of Looking that is, the varying levels of social interaction involved in Looking. Within the following pages we will deliver individualized understandings of the concept of Looking and the Love of Looking. These literary contributions are coupled with artistic perspectives of the concept allowing the theme to be presented over the two respective mediums. The works serve as a localized Bristol based discussion on the chosen concept for this book. Each offering demonstrates the varying considerations to be taken into account when discussing the concept of Looking.
About the author
Melissa Johnson Melissa Johnson, 22, is from Surrey and moved to Bristol five years ago to study English. She lives in a Christian community house in St Paul’s, and loves gardening, reading and serving the community in practical ways. Melissa works with children in a school, as a private tutor, and also leads a children’s Bible-study group. She hopes to spend more time in India and to survive the 2011 Bristol 10k!!! Steve Oram I’m from Bristol. I took a BA in Cultural & Media Studies at UWE, and have recently studied philosophy, film studies and politics. I am currently preparing for an MA in philosophy. My interests include spirituality, ethics, eco-socialism, participative democracy, alternative culture, and grassroots activism. I’ve only just started writing, so haven’t got much output behind me yet. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/steve.oram Blog: http://eclecticjourneys.wordpress.com/ Email: denizen_z@yahoo.co.uk Rowland Molony His poem ‘Snipe’ won 2nd prize in the 2010 Bridport Competition, and ‘Hares at Wroughton’ was runner-up in the BBC Wildlife Competition in 2006. His novel, After the Death of Alice Bennett, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. Rebecca Tantony Rebecca Tantony loves words. Forming them from a colourful imagination, swirling them around the mouth and pulling them from pallet to page. She uses them to write about the intricacies of life and the rich descriptions formed by rich characters. As well as a published and performing poet, she is the creator and host of the ‘Shhh….it’s Sunday’ performance poetry night in Bristol. She has also just started walking the windy path of journalism with a special interest in religious communities and their effect on the individual. She is currently studying Creative Writing and the Study of Religion at Bath Spa University and can be found awkwardly trying to use her blog at http://aloveofwords.blogspot.com/. Benjamin Norris Benjamin Norris is a writer and poet from Bristol, currently living in Budapest and working as a lecturer at a leading arts and architecture university. His work is mainly preoccupied with religious and mythic themes and their introduction into mundane and urban settings, where they can be allowed to expose themselves as continuations of the simplest and most human narratives. Although fascinated by the poetic structures and themes of Northern Indian and Central European folk tales, his strongest influences are taken from the writing of the French fin de siècle. Benjamin has also worked as an arts journalist for several magazines, and is heavily involved in contemporary painting and conceptual performance work. His poetry, short fictions and novel excerpts can be found in their entirety at http://aviewfromacarpark. wordpress.com. Ursula Freeman Freelance artist/illustrator I am self-taught and use traditional methods such as pen and ink, pyrography and colouring by hand. Commercially I create hand-drawn, digitally-coloured posters and illustrated works for charities, schools, festivals, music events, gigs and businesses both in Bristol and across the South West. My pyrography work was in the Penny Brohn Cancer Care ‘Emporium’ Exhibition 2008, selected for the Royal West Academy Autumn Exhibition 2009 and shown at the MS Therapy Centre’s Art Exhibition in the Grant Bradley Gallery, November 2010. ursulafreeman@hotmail.com Judy Darley Judy Darley is a freelance journalist and fiction writer. She began making up stories as a tiny child, long before she learnt to read. Studying journalism at university taught her to edit her ramblings, and she found her first paid writing role on the travel magazine Spanish Homes. Since August 2008 Judy has divided her time between writing fiction and journalism for a large number of websites and magazines, as well as running EssentialWriters.com, a website for writers and word-lovers. Judy recently completed a young-adult novel with a hint of the paranormal and is working on a psychological thriller for adults. Previously she’s had stories published by Quality Fiction Magazine, Open Magazine, Gemini Magazine, and The View from Here, as well as the anthology Crab Lines off the Pier. In May 2010 Judy’s monologue ‘Moving On’ was performed as part of the Show of Strength’s Trading Local – Theatre in Shops, Brislington. You can contact Judy at judy@essentialwriters.com or via http://Essential- Writers.com. Cara Verkerk ‘Cara’ means ‘friend’ in Gaelic and ‘face’ in Portuguese. Cara used to write stories all the time as a child till a university degree scared her out of it, and then eventually back into it. By the age of three she had travelled half the world – after she was born in Sydney, her family moved to the little village of Muiderberg in Holland. She went on an adventure to England where, as well as meeting the university degree, she did other things like developing a taste for porridge, watching and making plays, reading books, falling in love with the English countryside and mince pies, etcetera. Her main influences are the many people she has met, both real and imaginary. Michael Powell www.imaginarymichaelpowell.tumblr.com I am part of 145 collective (www.145collective.blogspot.com). I like to draw, to write stories, to walk, and to look at things. At the moment I am being influenced by mandrakes, Norse myths, Hermann Hesse and Conwy castle. mikepowuk@yahoo.co.uk Stewart Paton Stewart is a Bristol-based illustrator/animator. He is currently working on a comic book called “Transfur” that should be out this summer and is also working on a short animated film. stewartpaton@aol.com Jason P. Williams In brief my background is of a classical nature. My influences are William Blake, Omar Khayyam, Lord Byron, John Keats, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, John Donne, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Pablo Neruda; the list could go on and on. I am a self-taught artist and writer from the Bristol area. I favoured travel and left education to pursue this vocation. endimionsbower@hotmail.com Robin Kidson Robin Kidson was born and bred in a remote part of rural Northumberland. After taking a degree in Economics at the LSE, he began a long career in local government, working in London, West Sussex and Bristol. He retired in 2009. He has written poetry since childhood but it is only since retirement that he has attempted to have any work published. Claire Holmes Claire Holmes is a freelance writer currently based in Bristol. She has travelled extensively, including working in East Africa and travelling the Indian subcontinent, and now studies at Bath Spa University, where she specialises in feature journalism, travel writing, short stories, genre fiction and performance poetry. Her move to Bristol three years ago signalled the start of Claire’s involvement with the underground music scene, and she has been massively influenced by Bristol’s subculture and life in the urban sprawl. She currently writes for the Bristol Evening Post reviewing theatre and concerts, as well as writing for Bristol-based music-and-culture magazine Crack. She produces music with her band, Tea Total, and her passion for spoken word has seen her performing in Bristol as well as writing about it for numerous publications. Claire’s biggest influence, however, remains her experiences of travelling, and in the past three years she has crafted a distinct brand of prose. Her influences range from the travel writing of Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson to the stark realism of Irvine Welsh and Kate Tempest’s odes to urban life. To read more of Claire’s work, visit her website: www.claireholmesfreelance. blogspot.com. Anna-Marie Young Anna-Marie Young is a freelance writer and student at Bath Spa University. Having moved to Bristol earlier this year, she has found numerous influences to spark her imagination, but still remains true to her favourite form of expression: the short story. She has been published in The Bath Chronicle, Western Daily Press, Giggle Magazine and on the ItchyBath website. She spends her spare time in Wales, renovating old houses and writing in the relative solitude of the countryside. Her favourite authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Muriel Stuart and Flannery O’Connor. She is often to be found in a Stokes Croft cafe with ink-stained fingers and holes in her jeans. Alenka Lemare Alenka Lamare has written on travel, people, fashion, music, events and things in between. She loves work as a journalist and enjoys conjuring up fiction and new characters. She has had a book habit since childhood and whilst she adventures hundreds of boxes wait in storage for her return. After graduating with a degree in English she lived in France for 2 years reporting and writing children’s stories. Now she is working with charities and magazines. She’s always working on a handful of projects at once and is inspired by everything. Jo Brimble Jo Fenn is a 27 year old artist from Bristol. She studied Illustration at UWE. Mainly working in acrylic paint on canvas and experimenting with portraits, faces and expression. josephinebrimble@gmail.com http://jofenn.blogspot.com/
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