Painter, novelist, playwright, poet and editor, Alasdair, now aged 82, often combines his diverse artistic talents within single works (some of his murals have words in them, some of his fictions have illustrations) to challenge existing forms. Blending satire and tragedy, realism and fantasy, his work has been credited with spurring a renaissance in Scottish
Each month there will be a short extract from one of the Autumn Voices interviews.
The Introductory section to ‘Autumn Voices’, which I have been working on recently, contains a discussion about the nature of creativity. This passage is part of that discussion. The French acrobat, Blondin, crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope one thousand feet long, pushing a wheelbarrow. In the analogy between Blondin’s daring feat and our creative
In my Crumbly Corner post of June 2017 I mentioned Diana Hendry, the Edinburgh-based poet who had contributed to ‘Second Wind’ and to a recent BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Late Style’. This post is an extract from my interview with her. RLJ: You call your introductory section to Second Wind ‘Off/On Joy’. Which brings out
n the past I have written as though my opinions were set in concrete, apologetics, arguing for a particular Christian position. The further on I went, the less certainty I had and the more I began to prize uncertainty, without falling into absolute scepticism, which I think is paralysing. We have to hold all our
Each month there will be a short extract from one of the Autumn Voices interviews. This month’s extract is taken from my interview with the award-winning poet, Sheila Templeton. Soon after taking early retirement from teaching I joined a Heartfulness meditation course and then started daily meditation. Through meditation I learned to slow down and