The newly-released film Heaven’s Rage is a story of self-discovery: of soul lost and found, and the truth behind everyday appearances. Based on my memoir of the same name, the film explores ‘Burning questions, hidden feelings and pressures to conform’.
It was made by:
Mark Crane, Creative Director (ex Labyrinth and Judge Dredd).
In the third part of her lyrical essay exploring creativity, Michelle Payette-Daoust examines the personal stories we tell, using pieces appearing over the last three years on this site to illustrate her ideas.
‘Reading through the posts on this blog, I’m reminded that there are as many stories as there are human beings. And then some.
In the second part of her lyrical essay exploring creativity, Michelle Payette-Daoust writes about ‘otherness’ and ‘opening the door to suffering’, using as illustrations, blogs published over the last three years on this site. As in the first part, Michelle also looks at my creative role as link-man and commissioning editor.
Sue’s introduction: Once We Sang Like Other Menis a new short story collection by award-winning Irish poet, playwright and novelist John MacKenna. I found it compelling, bleakly beautiful, sometimes disturbing and often deeply moving. The blurb says:
‘These wide-ranging stories follow the disparate disciples of the Captain – a mysterious, powerful and magnetic figure whose violent and chaotic death at the hands of the army radically alters their lives in myriad ways. From rural North American farms and dive bars to the suburbs of Ireland and the sands of Palestine, we witness their struggles to find a place, a peace, in a world that is fractured and incomplete.’ Continue reading JOHN MACKENNA INTERVIEW – THE THINGS UNSPOKEN→
I invited Canadian blogger, bi-linguist and teacher Michelle Payette-Daoust to write about creativity. Michelle responded with a three-part lyrical essay, exploring several of the creative pieces published on this site since it began. Michelle also ‘looked between the lines’, examining my orchestrating role as interviewer, blogmaster and MC.
I was born and still live in a suburb of Montréal (Québec) and have only travelled to England twice for short stays. Unlike Leslie Tate, the author of this blog, I’m not connected to a broader artistic community, and I’ve never been published, except in local newspapers. My vision of the world has been profoundly shaped by my simultaneous bilingualism which—in a Canadian province where debates about language, identity and politics are ongoing and always fraught—has allowed me to move effortlessly between the English and French speaking worlds here and to understand and feel invested in the view from both sides. Because my bicultural identity is more fluid and flexible than most Québécois, my province’s intermittent lapses into nationalist identity politics cause me sharp pain and anxiety. Continue reading MICHELLE PAYETTE-DAOUST ON CREATIVITY – Part 1: WHERE THE WORLD EXPANDS→
I interviewed grassroots musicians Kim and Martin Olyett about their passion for traditional folk – a type of music Kim defined as: “About people and what they did.” After naming Julian Mount as the source of her definition, Kim Olyett added, “I believe it is possible to write new folk songs about people nowadays and these songs will become a testament to our lives in the future. I don’t see this music as historical but rather organic, something that grows with each generation.”
I began the interview by asking joint questions to both Kim and Martin.