All posts by Leslie Tate

GRAHAM JOHNSTONE: THE ART OF GRAPHIC NOVELS (1)

I interviewed graphic novelist Graham Johnstone who has created some exceptional visual stories based on the lives of famous painters. In the first part of his interview, Graham talks about how he put together graphic novels about Vermeer, Uccello and Francis Bacon. He also describes Tangled Tales, his non-linear comicbook, which has been turned into an interactive electronic artwork.

 Leslie: Why does your recent work focus on famous painters and why did you choose, in particular, Vermeer, Uccello and Francis Bacon? Continue reading GRAHAM JOHNSTONE: THE ART OF GRAPHIC NOVELS (1)

WHY MAGIC REALISM ROCKS!

Katy Wimhurst

I asked Katy Wimhurst to write about her debut collection of short stories, Snapshots of the Apocalypse, published by Fly on the Wall Press. Katy‘s fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Writers’ Forum, Cafe Irreal, Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, Ouen Press, To Hull and Back, and ShooterLit. Her visual poems have been published by Ric Journal, Steel Incisors, The Babel Tower, Dreampop Press, Mercurius, Osmosis, and Streetcake Magazine. Katy is housebound with M.E. and blogs at Whimsylph. Continue reading WHY MAGIC REALISM ROCKS!

ART IN MIND WITH BLANDINE

Blandine Martin

I interviewed Blandine Martin who uses “…weaving , basketry, woodworking to create installation and semi-sculptural work. ” Blandine’s concerns for memory are often expressed through doodling, recyled packaging and repurposed objects. Her deeply-psychological artwork has been exhibited in several metropolitan galleries in the UK and France.

Leslie: Could you describe what you do as a weaver and basket maker, please. Continue reading ART IN MIND WITH BLANDINE

PAUL MCGEE’S NOT-FOR-PROFIT AUDIOBOOKS

Paul McGee

I interviewed Paul McGee, who founded Bibliophone, a not-for-profit enterprise offering authors the opportunity to record their audio books and readers the chance to listen to those recordings – all free.

Leslie: What is the story of Bibliophone? How did it begin, grow and develop as a business?

 Paul: I started Bibliophone because like most writers, I’d been plugging away for years in an arena where the odds of success are stacked against you. Of course, success is a relative concept, but if you define it in terms of making a career out of writing, then it’s going to be a struggle. Continue reading PAUL MCGEE’S NOT-FOR-PROFIT AUDIOBOOKS

RACHEL GODFREY – REFLECTIONS IN WRITING (2)

Rachel Godfrey

In part two of her interview, Rachel Godfrey who writes poetry, journals and instructional books for TESOL, answers questions about inner and outer landscapes, creativity and dreams.

Leslie: Can you describe examples of what you call the ‘relationships between our inner and outer landscapes, and the stories to be found there’?

Rachel: John Donne (1624) wrote ‘no man [sic] is an island entire of itself; every man [sic] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’. The physical landscape in which we all live and move provides metaphors for community and relationship, as Donne shows, and for our daily wellbeing. Most of us, prefer feeling grounded to spacey or at sea; we don’t like feeling we’re on shifting sands, bogged down or swamped with things to do, or that life is an uphill struggle. Continue reading RACHEL GODFREY – REFLECTIONS IN WRITING (2)

RACHEL GODFREY – REFLECTIONS IN WRITING (1)

Rachel Godfrey

I interviewed Rachel Godfrey who guides adults in the theraputic uses of creative writing, is the author of several books for English-language learners, and is a poet.

In part one of her interview Rachel  talks about all three strands of her writing career.

Leslie: Could you give a few examples, please, of what you call ‘writing used as reflective practice’. How do you work as a facilitator for Creative Writing for Wellbeing? Continue reading RACHEL GODFREY – REFLECTIONS IN WRITING (1)

NIGERIAN POET SPEAKS

Samuel A. Adeyemi

I interviewed Nigerian poet  Samuel A. Adeyemi, who is a poetry editor at Afro Literary Magazine and the winner of The Yellow House Library Prize for Creativity and the Teex Prize for Performance 2021. His poems have appeared in Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, 580 Split, Afapinen, The Maine Review, Blue Marble Review, Brittle Paper, Jalada, and elsewhere. Samuel’s collection Heaven Is A Metaphor is published by Praxis Magazine.

Leslie: How would you describe your poetic voice? What’s unique about it and how has it changed since you began writing?

Continue reading NIGERIAN POET SPEAKS

STITCHING TOGETHER ART AND NEUROSCIENCE

I interviewed Laura Bundesen  whose artwork is focused on the wonders of the human brain. Laura describes her fascination with neuroscience, her materials and methods, and how she overcomes the Critic Within. Continue reading STITCHING TOGETHER ART AND NEUROSCIENCE