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Uncategorized April 11, 2016


The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse Not sure I responded well to being accused of making a ‘cut-out’ instead of a 3D painting but something was wrong with the ear in my latest …

Uncategorized March 13, 2016


I’ve been in two minds whether to burden my blog watchers with yet another self-portrait. The fact is I hadn’t picked up a brush for months and months and simply thought it would be good practice to use a handy mirror and force myself to get started on something. A friend made a comment about …

Uncategorized February 29, 2016


We’re waltzing in the wonder of why we’re here … Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, ‘Dancing in the Dark’ (1931) The photo above shows a detail from the first annual Festival of Song and Light in New York’s Central Park in 1916. One hundred years later, London is celebrating the UK premiere of the Magical …

Uncategorized February 18, 2016


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein A sonnet and short film to celebrate the recent discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that were predicted by Einstein a century ago as …

Uncategorized February 3, 2016


I was rather proud and astonished to be picked out recently by the South China Morning Post for my ‘bravura reading’ of War and Peace – astonished because the abridgement I recorded twenty-one years ago is so very … well, abridged.* At the moment I am deep into reading aloud the first of two mystery …

Uncategorized January 29, 2016


I am carried away by the knowledge that the game I am playing is the most serious and exciting there is. Albert Camus, Notebooks CLICK TO HEAR PART ONE OF THE AUDIO RECORDING I learn from the latest edition of the West Bowling Local History Journal that my childhood first leading lady, Pamela Craven, is …

Uncategorized January 6, 2016


Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. Leonard Bernstein I have long held that Twelfth …

Uncategorized December 29, 2015


Eternity’s a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it all going to end? Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Christmas is a time for recycling. This isn’t an installation at Tate Modern (I wonder what they do about their recycling). Nobody here in East Sussex, where we live, will take paper and cardboard in the …

Uncategorized November 28, 2015


Just a lot of floating seeds to start with, all sorts of seeds. Joyce Carey, The Horse’s Mouth A new limerick sequence:

Uncategorized November 12, 2015


I remember carriage interiors very like this, with the leather strap to adjust the window to keep out smoke. I travelled widely as a touring actor before the infamous Dr Beeching axed hundreds of miles of branch lines in the early 1960s. I advise slow trains on branch lines, half-empty trains that go through meadows …