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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Death Cafe in Manchester

A small gathering in Manchester. We attended (Jeff came too,)  Death Cafe. Sue Barsky and Elizabeth Jackson ran it. I wanted to record something about the unusual experience. I know Sue, and have known people associated with Manchester`s Gestalt centre, not to mention that years ago in Ashkelon I met someone who had been in a Fritz Perls group. And yes - I do feel the need to explain. Set up in London, it is a `franchise` whereby people get together to talk about or reflect on death, while enjoying life-enhancing tea and cake.

The Last Days of Mankind at Bristol Old Vic

A weekend in lovely Bristol, the gulls sounding just as they did in my childhood - though as I recall they were loudest when storms were about to roll in from the west.  A Redland High School Reunion lunch. Memory proved once again to be partial, inaccurate, and utterly unreliable. Or perhaps it was because in my teenage years, fourteen to eighteen, I was so confused and unfocused I simply failed to notice much of what went on around me.

Night Out.

The novel now has 25,000 words. The last couple of weeks it slowed down slightly, but is now picking up.  Jeff is becoming a good listener. At his request I`ve typed out a crib-sheet with the two relevant family trees and other characters, as he doesn`t always remember names. My protagonist`s husband has changed careers, by the way.

The Scapegoat has been very slightly neglected as I have been waiting for one or two people to read it, and respond (yes, good responses,) both in Manchester and London, and contemplating the task of moving towards a production.

`When Saira met Sarah,` on Cheetham Hill Road...

The novel is at 21,000 words. At 20,000 words I knew I had one quarter of it. Now I have more than that. A time for optimism. A time to review my two previous novels that evoked interest, and (in the case of Special Care way back) a suggestion from an agent. I may get back to Cornerstones to discuss Mrs Faust in the light of their very positive critique. (See quote under `Novels.`) These light mornings I wake early and find my head clear and the story unfolding satisfactorily. Perhaps I should say stories.

Stars That Play Laughing Sam`s Dice

I missed out on much of the nineteen sixties -like many people I know. I, and they did our best, and probably managed the odd genuine sixties moment.  But the kind of Bohemian life lived in London by writers like the late Robert Calvert, was beyond my reach. Still, looking back at that epoch now, I doubt people even know the difference. I met someone in the early nineties who was still living the sixties, and remember the person as vague, dull-eyed, floaty, never quite with it.

A fourth novel.

As I explained in previous blog....while preparing to join two plays, Remedies and Mental Health Act, and musing over why I needed to do this, (after all, I have written many plays that have stood on their own, and never needed to be joined with other pieces,) I came up with the idea of taking the topics, themes, plot (2 plots really,) and starting a fourth novel. My last novel Mrs Faust came close to being picked up, and will soon be on its travels again.

Why the haitus?

Too much going on for blogging? Well, yes. Though if you walked past the house day to day you wouldn`t notice. The Scapegoat and The Song of Deborah out in one or two places; my desk cleared of plays for the moment. One month ago, I sat down to draft a programme for a forthcoming workshop I plan to run with director Ariella Eshed called `Two Into One.` This is an idea I had for a workshop to be done with actors - exploring ways of pulling two plays together that I felt needed each other.... But as I worked, two ideas really did become one. What were the two ideas?

Spring

Spring. Albeit freezing. I have so much going on, creatively, that it is hard to share much in a blog. As for commenting wisely on what goes on in the theatre, literary, whatever worlds - well, there are countless others who do that.  Most of these look to be more deeply embeddded in those worlds than I feel. Though I am aware others see me as `embedded` as a writer reasonably needs to be....

Life After Life

I am in Jerusalem for a week.  There`s plenty going on here. But my life has been side-tracked by Life After Life - Kate Atkinson`s new book. This book took my concentration away from everything else - I felt more deeply involved in it than in any book I can think of. Perhaps not since I lost myself in books like Siddhartha, when I was in my twenties, or perhaps Pride and Prejudice, when I was fifteen. The astonishing detail she gives, as she sets up and develops her scenarios, is, I think, what draws me in so completely.

Women Singing. What are we singing?

Life moves on. The Times Crossword seems hard today. I have joined a choir. Sacred Sounds Choir - it came to me in an email from somewhere. All women, we meet every week between now and a perfornance at Bridgwater Hall on July 7th, which will be part of Manchester International Festival. So far so very good. Last night was the first session. I loved it. But two problems loom. The first - how much to allow myself to discuss in a blog.  Clearly, I will not name or describe any of the 30+ other women who attend.

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