Plays by Deborah Freeman

I have completed `Remedies,` a play about M E.  Background research...

Writing Groups

I am setting up a new writing group in East Finchley, to be held in the atmospheric location of an East Finchley...

Novels by Deborah Freeman

 A few years back. I answered an ad on the Radio 3 website, from the conceptual art company, Blast Theory...

Poems by Deborah Freeman

These appeared in the journal Jewish Renaissance, 2008.  `Fish.` `Fasting.` `Open a Gate for Us. ` `After the...

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The Bush and the Bear

A busy summer. My story `The Dressmaker` has been sent off to one or two places. I have been reading, making notes for new work, and seeing one or two plays. Perseverance Drive at The Bush was a treat. It was loud, full volume most of the way, and Act One was so strong, thought-provoking, and entertaining, that friend and I both wondered how Act Two would get beyond Act One. In fact, Act Two only just managed to impress us as much as Act One - but that is the price the production (or the play) had to pay for its explosive, colourful, musical first half.

Invincible

We have had visitors for a month. They leave on Monday so I started to look at what was on on the London fringe. A play called Invincible caught my eye. St James Theatre, a transfer from the Orange Tree.

Then I read the blurb. An educated London couple relocate to the north and meet up with an uneducated northern couple - they start by teaching them about Karl Marx, and one or two other enlightened London things.

London Review Bookshop.

Last night I went to a fascinating reading. Ann Michaels, writer of the amazing Fugitive Pieces, The Winter Vault, and poetry, presented her new work which is somewhere between a book of poetry and an art book. It is put together in memory of her late father Isaiah Michaels, of Toronto, and (in the company of my visiting sister Judith) I was utterly absorbed by the event. Did I get it? Did I understand what Ann Michaels and her artist colleague Bernice Eisenstein were trying to achieve? Well, yes but not entirely. 

Interesting week

What an interesting week. I finished the story, and am sending it out, or starting to.  Spent 3 days in `training` for some proposed voluntary work of a challenging nature. Not certain whether I will mention this here. Suffice it to say, it feels like giving something back to London - or trying to.

A New Story - 5000 words.

I`m getting close to the end of a new short story, 5000 words, which has a working title: The Dressmaker. I think our move to London disturbed my concentration more than I had imagined it might, and am delighted to be getting back to a steady writing routine. At any rate, I have the word-count, which is a useful framework. I have an ending - one which surprised me slightly, until I saw how inevitable it was. Several ideas and threads I am very pleased with.

(Still having discussions about The Scapegoat - and going to some interesting plays. )

Politics with a Big P, and politics with a small p.

Tuesday I attended the 2nd seminar of a course called Projections: Persona Obscura, run by Canadian Mary Wild at the Freud Museum. Got there easily - Northern Line + bus. Walked up the carpeted staircase thinking of Freud and things associated with. M Wild re-introduced herself as Canadian-Iranian. I was all set to feel interested and involved, when she showed her first slides. Photographs first of all of Tony Blair and George Bush, supposedly `doppelgangers,` this demonstrated to us by the trick of changing their look until they looked identical.

London Life..

 

Well. So London life has taken me under its wings. So much going on. I feel pretty settled in our new home in Woodside Park. I  am revising writing plans, working well after several months of poor concentration due to The Moves. (First we moved to N2, and then from there to N12.)

Springtime in Woodside Park

 I`ve seen from Google Analytics, (accessible thanks to Bossco`s) that a number of regular readers of my blogs got bored waiting for something new. Certain folk, (no idea who they are,) followed my blogs regularly, but gave up when there was no blog for a few weeks. 

Well, you try moving from Manchester to London, shortly after a bereavement, and then moving again within London. Try doing that and still finding the focus to write - blogs, plays, poetry, anything.

Women of Twilight

This week I saw Women of Twilight at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington. The play was written by playwright Sylvia Rayman, in 1951, for a cast of eleven women. I sometimes find the White Bear slightly claustrophobic- this a compliment to the management, whose choice of plays has meant that most I have seen there have been extremely well attended.

Welcome, Owen.

I`ve had some busy months - my dearest mother died at the beginning of August, and two months later we moved from Manchester to London. Since being here in London we have been flat hunting. I`ve completed a story and a poem, but returning to the honing of my novels, or working on plays has been impossible. Too many administrative tasks, too much to get used to.

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