The theme of the Exhibition is Mapping. I was able to write pieces on this theme, in both prose and poetry.
2 pieces were inspired by images of Earth taken from the Apollo 11 Space mission. They are how I would imagine how a space farer would see Earth for the first time (Pretty Bauble and First Glimpse). This led me to think about how newly discovered lands could appear to explorers like Cook and Flinders after months at sea, and how they drew the first charts of that new land, and a third piece (Hidden Land) came into being. The fourth piece is Finger Painting and is an interpretative piece on one of Carol's maps.
As many good writers know, describing a physical place is one thing, but we are never content with that. We move on and try to describe the world of the mind. Mirror, Mirror, is inspired by both one of Carol's works and a legend of a mirror that reflects not the physical appearance but the true nature of a person. My last attempt at writing to the theme is 'The Dark World'. This piece is lifted from an unpublished manuscript of mine and tells the character's journey back to consciousness.
My first attempt at Collaboration was not as daunting as I first dreaded. I actually enjoyed it.
Would I do another? If the right one came along, yes.
Thank you Therese, for coming up with the idea and asking me. And thank you, Carol, for allowing me to collaborate with you.
Fellow writers - if the opportunity is presented to you - take the plunge and give it a shot.
Until Next week,
Yours in Writing