BOOK FIVE: MAKING LIGHT
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time,” T. S. Elliot.
…In September 2001, I decided to take my writing to another level, that is, other than just writing in my journals. I did so by joining a ‘Life into Fiction’ writing course at Centreprise, in Dalston, Hackney. The course turned out to be very beneficial as well as truly interesting, though in the beginning it took the usual period of time for me not to feel terribly nervous and uneasy all the time. Once I settled, though, the whole group ended up working really well together. The tutor was excellent and kept the whole course focused, relevant and fun.
The course appealed to me mainly because I wanted to find a way to use my journals to tell my life story, and also because ever since I was a little girl, I had been writing and toying with the idea of writing books, so this was and had been very much a childhood dream. The course then was just another one of my projects; another one of my creative pursuits resulting from my big toe being in the pool of life-exploring. Being on a time-out therefore came to be like being in this wonderful creative playground, with all my most favourite playthings.
During the course, even though the initial thought was to write my life story using my journals, I ended up writing poetry, an infatuation and preoccupation that continued well into 2004, which also saw me on stage performing at a number of venues – an incredible experience, and I might add, achievement, in and of itself. As the weeks went by on the course, I was truly encouraged to receive some really good feedback on the work I created, which boosted my self-esteem no end…
Peace & Love,