Dean steps up

Wand moving forward:

 

In the last five years with Pret support we have delivered 3000 meals to street homeless, disabled,

and have recently been able to put Berlin RATTEN07 in touch with Pret, who are opening first shop, there..

So with them still performing at State Theatre People's Stage, we know positivity is expanding. Also now approaching Grenfell and disabled groups of all colours

Our theatre has taken us to Brighton, for a migrant family event, with Owltime called 'a privilege',

'should be on the school syllabus', and recently we even were part of volunteering with Chelsea sick children at C&W hospital

We have been approached by a call to nominate a Serbian for LPP (London Peace prize)

Only know recording

Anyone listened to Virginia Woolf on Words? It inspired me to a few of my own:

Words are hues in the air

Reaching out they dare

Like the ashes of animal sacrifice

To alter and incur new

Arrangements and belonging

In incarnadine oceans of longing

Jostle in a tribe, grow shy living with man,

With boy and whisper to eachother

Wordwhisperers.

Sometimes sit on the window ledge

Pulled on his boots and sits in

Nappies and coat. Looks longingly outside. Magnolias unfurling One by one Their wings curling giant butterflies Blink and they're gone

 

Jean Findlay spoke and is still talking about Proustian memory and healing wounds...for Refugee Week

Jean is descended from CK Scott Moncrieff forced into exile,after being a fearless fighter in War, as homosexual (she was nominated for LAMBDA Award. This is particularly relevant with gay murderers still in Russia), with Bob Cooper, a passionate campaigner for rights and a Minister.

 

A letter Jean recently received which she talked of in Centre for Fiction, NY from a man relating working with war wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan, at Walter Reed recovery centre, said he read of Chasing Lost Time and CKSM's wounds with great interest..perhaps "beauty and rendering commonplace things that illuminated their beauty may have been important to Scott Moncrieff" So we "knit ourselves back together through memories, a creative process Re Membering," as Jean gently puts it.

 

Poet Bob Cooper is also coming with his new collection Everyone Turns

We all have a female and a male component, with

 

Feel very humbled by meeting and working with Ugandan Jade Jackson, who although she suffered torture, writes gratefully of "Freedom from Torture", formerly Medical Foundation as "a Mother to Millions of all colours" with PEN's Lucy Popescu she is now published and her moving poetry relevant to all; she writes of her forgotten country

Last spring we were interviewed for Women's Week Radio, invited all to play a piano on the beach,to Edinburgh, bringing many thousands to play music. We wish to continue building works in the South: Morphe is London, Crawley Brighton.."You won't heal anyone unless you have respect for their dignity" Jean Findlay, Jenny says in 'Enemy Territory' to doctor. She met legend Tadeusz Kantor, who let her uniquely study a year with him in Krakow, and she publishes beautiful memoirs, of those of perception

She with friends Sally and Lala supported some war veterans I met, inspiring me in my direction to show real life, as perceived and unadulterated..

Great, inspiring change,forward-moving:bring a poem or thought of your own

 

Street homeless and freedom

of expression

IN a big city like London Freedom of Expression, is often confused with ownership, or confiscated by owners

of big organisations, from Editors to political

newspapers telling us about disaster abroad.

 

Conflict far away or else in places that do not relate

to the needs of individual people.

 

Some of us have performed on local stages and

toured , in theatres

even the Roundhouse or Young Vic..

 

We are trying to give meaning to our lives by

making sense of conflicts and helping others to feel life in London has a meaning.

 

 

This is an open page for my thoughts of the day and events and people I might meet

 

'If you have a chance to support a cause, you take it,' I say to Laura and Charlie, talking

about community theatre we have done with Restart Lives, Jude Armani saw the video I did above, advertising workshops.. and found it amusing and 'excellent'..

I come across people of all kinds - creepy Christians, you know who say-

"Do you know WHO-Jesus-is"

 

I think you have to avoid them. I tell them: 'yeah of course I know Jesus. He stole my bin.'

 

They look at me confused.

''Hey?''

 

'Yeah, he's my neighbour.' Then in sudden surprise I add: 'Do you know him as well?'

 

They look at me, hard and start to cotton on.

 

'O-that sort of neighbour.'

 

But I do like Christians, I go to the Dominion, Sundays, where Jason Statham came surrounded by reverential bodyguards. We were all told we had to exit out the back door, as he was leaving by the main one!

 

Poetry

is daily life,

speaking to

people positively

about how

they can find a place

in the 'Jungle of Cities', as Brecht put it