Thursday, 1 October 2015

Writing - All sorts of Art #bbcgetcreative

All sorts of things going on in the world of writing. You will notice that I'm using the hashtag #bbcgetcreative who are doing a major push on creativity currently.

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Michael Robotham

Australian writer Michael Robotham beat off efforts by such writers as J K Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, and Stephen King for the prestigious British Golden Dagger Award. 

Former journalist Robotham's tenth book 'Life or Death' is the story of a prisoner who escapes jail shortly before his release. Mr Robotham, who lives in Sydney, said he was grateful for the respect of his fellow writers.

Oh how I wish

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Warhol's Barbie (Portrait of Billyboy)

I believe that the above was the last piece Andy Warhol produced. He of the Marilyn Monroe, Soup tin, Mickey Mouse and dollar bills wanted to paint his friend Billyboy who initially refused. After much persuasion eventually Billyboy suggested to Warhol that he paint him as Barbie saying that 'after all Barbie c'est moi'! Billyboy responded to the portrait by building a collection of the dolls numbered in thousands by the 1980s.

The power of art!

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John Guillermin

Film director, John Guillermin died at the age of 89. He was the director of the now classic film Towering Inferno which was released in 1974. It was nominated for three oscars and starred, Michael Holden, Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
Mr Guillermin was seemingly difficult to work with once breaking a chair during a screening of a movie and was described in a biography as having an irascible streak. Perhaps it was just frustration with the creative muse.

Reminds me of a T-shirt that warns of us - blessed are the weird people, the poets and misfits, the writers and artists, the dreamers for they force us to see the world differently.

Jonathon Clark - sports poet

Jonathon Clark was a rugby player who turned to writing poetry and has had plenty of opportunities for inspiration with the world cup currently running. However, he has also written about cricket and tennis. He has been adopted temporarily as the BBC's sports poet in residence.
 Below is a sample from one poem.

An ode to the Rugby World Cup

Twenty teams from around the World
Converge on Britain's shores.
The finest rugby specimens
Can they create a new folklore?

They've trained so hard together
This last few months not least,
In fact for past few years
To create these rugby beasts.

The pinnacle of their rugby prime
These sculptured specimen
Hope to shine this World Cup
To create another gem.

What is interesting is Jonathon's reason for writing poetry is to combat the stresses of modern life, a position with which I can concur.

God Bless