Us and the Future [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 4]

As I discussed in my interview the future can seem hopeless and we are offered very few positive visions in our mainstream media and culture at the moment. Can you think of any?   Another day in 2016 – posted by a friend on Facebook kind of sums it up…   But as the futurist … Continue reading Us and the Future [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 4]

Earth Overshoot Day [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 3]

Rightly the focus of much environmental news is on Climate Change (as an article this week identified we are likely to miss the 1.5 degree target for warming set earlier this year at COP 21 in Paris)   But climate change is really only one of many symptoms of a deeper issue: the overuse of the … Continue reading Earth Overshoot Day [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 3]

Flow [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 2]

Another really interesting aspect of what makes us well was identified by psychologist H: whose pioneering work added to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfilment and the notion of “flow” — a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.   https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow?language=en Finding something that gives you a … Continue reading Flow [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 2]

An Exercise in Wellbeing [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 1]

Can you spare a moment? Before you read on – please stop for a couple of minutes and think of something that makes you happy.  Think of something that, if you’re having a bad day or a bad week will keep you going, make you feel more positive, make you feel good.   Close your … Continue reading An Exercise in Wellbeing [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 1]

Artists reclaim your space with spaceREC!

The spaceREC revolution has begun! It’s in Leeds… and it’s FREE! Are you a Leeds based creative that struggles to find affordable places in which to work? Do you yearn for a yurt where you can write?* Are you pining for a place in which to paint? Or are you just fed up of having … Continue reading Artists reclaim your space with spaceREC!

Scribble 19: Courts of Protection

There are times when the law has to make decisions on behalf of people who lack capacity; that is to say, who are unable for one reason or another to make these decisions for themselves. These cases will be brought before the Court of Protection, and are often heard and judged without the presence of … Continue reading Scribble 19: Courts of Protection

Scribble 14: Communication aids

This week I’ve talked about how, by and large, we in the UK are free to express ourselves as we wish, within certain broad boundaries defined by hate speech legislation, defamation law and so on. Wonderful though this may be for many of us, some UK citizens are actually denied this right. They are people … Continue reading Scribble 14: Communication aids

Scribble 12: Freedom of expression and aphasia

In 2014 I worked with a group called Norfolk Conversation Partners and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UEA on a video to explore and teach something called supported communication. This is a way of using simple tools and techniques to help create and maintain a channel of communication with a person living with aphasia. … Continue reading Scribble 12: Freedom of expression and aphasia

Shey Hargreaves: Death talk

Death is ubiquitous in the media this week. What with Saturday’s bombings in Istanbul, and the Brussels bombings on Wednesday, the papers are full of it. The deaths of these people in Turkey and Belgium have sent shockwaves through the West and beyond. I had a heated discussion over email with a friend, debating whether … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: Death talk

The language of lawful killing: an interview with Jordan Baseman

American artist Jordan Baseman discusses challenging the death penalty in his experimental 2004 film Jordan Baseman is renowned for making ‘experimental portraiture’ and ‘creative non-fiction’ works through film. He is also Head of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London, and a current Lincoln Voices Artist in Residence at Lincoln Law School. Baseman … Continue reading The language of lawful killing: an interview with Jordan Baseman