Celebrating the Imagination (Part 1)

Celebrating the Imagination (Part 1)


  March - May 2013 : Frome, Somerset.

‘The imagination is an instrument of liberation, one to which we all have access and which serves to celebrate and enlarge our common humanity.’

Celebrating the Imagination (Part 1) took place over several weeks in March - May 2013, the programme included a wide range of imaginative perspectives on a number of important cultural issues - educational, artistic, scientific and environmental. The programme included -

Jackie Morris  : East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Children’s author/illustrator. Books include Song of the Golden Hare; I am a Cat; East of the Sun, West of the Moon. She has also illustrated books for Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, Mary Hoffman, Caroline Pitcher and many other eminent authors, as well as designs for the Terry Pratchett Disc World Calendar.

A gathering of some our  finest award-winning poets, novelists and artists in which we heard and saw their individual imaginations at work and had the opportunity to explore with them what the imagination might mean for us all in both its inventive and ethical aspects.
Lindsay Clarke : The Shaping Spirit of Imagination.
John Moat  : The Alchemical Clue
Andrew Miller: Between Silence and the Song - truth, imagination and the writing of fiction.
James Simpson and Carolyn Trant: The Untenanted Room: Shared Imagination.
Maggie Gee:  Writing and work: how does imagination become production?
James Harpur: Angels and Harvesters.
Liliane Lijn:  Poem Machines, Light, Motion.

Sacha Abercorn : Imagination in Education 
Founder of The Pushkin Trust, an organisation that supports creative learning and education across Ireland, which "which works to provide and support a holistic model to spark imagination and deepen awareness of our collective creativity, our humanity and ‘the child’ within each one of us.” 

Helen Storey : Wonderland and Beyond 
Professor at University of The Arts London In Fashion and Science. Awarded the ‘Most Innovative Designer and Best Designer Exporter’ in 1990. Nominated for British Designer of the year in 1990 and 1991. Created the ground breaking project ’Primitive Streak‘, which brought together the worlds of science and fashion through the creation of a fashion collection that explained the first 1000 hours of human life. In 2005 ‘Wonderland’ was conceived, followed by ‘Catalytic Clothing’, exploring how new materials can make consumer products less damaging to the planet.  

Colin Tudge : A Different View of Life - why genes are not selfish and people are nice. 
Biologist and writer. Founder of The Campaign for Real Farming. Author of Good Food for Everyone Forever ; Feeding People is Easy; The Secret Life of Trees; and Global Ecology. 

Gavin Pretor-Pinney : Cloudspotting for Beginners 
Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Author of The Cloudspotters Guide and The Wavewatcher‘s Companion 

Satish Kumar : Ecology, Imagination and Spirituality. 
Founder and editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and co- founder of The Schumacher College, the international centre for ecological studies, and The Small School. Author of You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence; Spiritual Compass: The Three Qualities of Life; and Earth Pilgrim. 

Venue: Rook Lane Arts, Frome 

Sponsored by:

In Partnership with:
Rook Lane Arts www.rooklanearts.org.uk
Break3  www.break3.org.uk
Hunting Raven Books  www.huntingravenbooks.co.uk
Bath Festivals Booking Office  www.bathboxoffice.org.uk
The List Frome  www.thelistfrome.co.uk
Saltbox  www.salt-box.co.uk


ABC: Authors and Books for Children Day.
Children met with authors and illustrators - Jackie Morris, Maudie Smith, Sam Gayton and Gill Lewis
This event was run by the Hunting Raven Books, Frome

Programme – curated by Helen Moore & Niall McDevitt
THE POETIC IMAGINATION (part 1), with readings by local poets Helen Moore & Niall McDevitt, and guest poets James Simpson & Lisa Fannen.
ANARCHISM & THE POWER OF IMAGINATION. On the double-edged nature of imagination. Activist-scholar, yoga teacher, editor of Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power (Routledge, 2012) and Revolutionary Love Letters (Minor Compositions, forthcoming), author of Gender (Institute for Anarchist Studies, 2012), Dr Jamie Heckert explored the power of imagination to control and contain as well as to liberate. Bringing together literature, politics and spirituality, this talk touched the heart of power and the power of the heart. 
PORTRAIT OF A 'LADY': How Shakespeare imagined and re-imagined the Dark Lady in his plays and poetry. Irish poet, author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010), poetry editor of International Times, literary tour guide (poetopography.word.press.com), Niall McDevitt discussed the modern scholarly consensus that Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady' is the Renaissance poet Emilia Lanyer, explains how she was his life-long, oeuvre-long muse, and shows how their relationship was that of two confluent poets.
THE POETIC IMAGINATION (part 2), with readings by local poets Rose Flint & Rosie Jackson, and guest poets Peter Alfred Please & Alyson Hallett.

The Power of Nature to Inspire, Influence, Inform and Enrich our lives, communities and workplaces
Nicki Davey, Director, Saltbox Training & Events Ltd
Rosalind Turner,  Artist and Facilitator, Ritual Art in Nature
Simon Trapnell, Director, Nature in Art