Inspired by our Spreadsheets & Moxie residency in the Compton Verney 19th Century Women's Library back in January, we wanted to know what books were dear to the hearts and minds of contemporary women. So we asked 100 women in our lives - from toddlers to eighty year olds - what one book they'd like to see on our library's virtual shelves and why they'd recommend it.
Being professional can be summarised as a combination of ‘being well prepared’ and ‘being a decent human’. When is a survey not a survey? Perhaps when it's designed by two creative writers and asks you questions such as 'What's your professional superpower?' rather than 'which of these two brands do you prefer?'. Our terrifyingly long online [...]
We think we’re great as we are. We don’t need to be fixed. But we do need to find new ways of using the strengths we have to support ourselves and our creative communities. Thanks to everyone who came to last week's talk about Spreadsheets & Moxie as part of the NCLA First Thursday series [...]
Tomorrow lunchtime (2 March) I'll be chatting about the Spreadsheets & Moxie project and what Sarah Salway and I reckon it takes to develop and sustain a career from your creative practice. Part of the NCLA's First Thursday series, the event is designed to fit into your lunch hour and starts at 1pm in room 1.75 of the Bedson Building, [...]
One of the loudest things in my mind still from the residency a couple of weeks ago at the Compton Verney Women's Library is the lack of real books in the room. Fortunately that's something the staff there are in the process of changing as part of the Unsilencing The Library launch in June. Still, I felt [...]
A residency at Compton Verney this week, a video recap of #NaNoWriMo2016 and a train journey full of typing.
Closing date of 31/01/2017 set for our survey on creative professionalism: take 15 mins to fill it out now as your Christmas good deed!
For anyone needing a moment of writing zen, here's a bit of nature to get you in the mood.
Introducing the Associate Artists for Spreadsheets and Moxie, alongside an exercise for you to try at home.
I'm writing this post on a train, heading for a week at the Arvon Clockhouse with fellow writer Sarah Salway. We're launching ourselves with enthusiasm into a year of R&D, funded by Arts Council England, on what leadership looks like to women in the creative arts. My bags are packed with paper, crayons, literary card games [...]