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The healing power of life writing, one shared story at a time
This Is How It Is a “refreshing, poignant and wide-ranging” (Helen Moffett) collection of real life experiences: 52 stories, prose and poetry, that tell of a man who is anxious about an HIV test; a child with an alarming nose for gossip and a girl who is saved by the enemy in a war zone. Some of the writers are grieving the loss of a child or struggling with addiction, abuse, bullying or betrayal. Most of these writers have never been published before. They wrote these stories primarily to bear witness to their lives and the troubled times in which we live. Putting traumatic experiences down on paper can help people work through shame, guilt and fear, releasing them from the traps they lay. Writing is sometimes able to turn a painful incident into something more manageable, even beautiful.
Sharing stories can also heal both the writer and the reader. When we first meet a stranger, we make assumptions about them. When we hear of their life in their own words, we find that many of our negative assumptions are wrong. Often we discover that we are more alike than we are different. Our magnificent world is in trouble, much of it because we are not paying attention to what is right in front of us. When the facts don’t stir us to reconsider, story can. This anthology invites us to become curious and reflective rather than fearful and defensive. It encourages us to climb down from the ladder of hierarchy and competition and to join the circle of relationship and humanity by becoming vulnerable enough to share and listen to our own and each other’s half-hidden stories.
But equally importantly, Bongani Kona, 2016 Caine Prize finalist, reminds us: “We forget that the most daring thing we can do is to allow ourselves to be seen. To stand before the world and to say this is who I am. This is how it is.”
About THE LIFE RIGHTING COLLECTIVE: The Life Righting Collective (LRC) runs courses for anyone who wants to learn to write about their experiences. The approach promotes self-discovery, self-recovery and more effective communication. It raises funds to make courses available to those in need of sponsorship and to provide platforms for these life stories to be published. Sharing experiences with a wide readership can help reduce discrimination and promote mutual understanding. Visit the website: www.liferighting.com
Mindful Calligraphy is a unique and groundbreaking book that fuses the art of calligraphy and mindfulness. Calligraphy has long been known to centre and balance mind and body - concentrating on pen strokes is a good way to tune in positively and live in the moment. And lettering and calligraphy is having a major renaissance as we look for an antidote for our digital age. Progressing from simple movements and shapes to words and phrases, this creative, step-by-step guide helps you to learn how to focus your mind, beat stress, and tune out unwelcome thinking. Tracing the letters helps you stay on the path, always progressing, always centred. Your creation, at the end, is a mini work of art. Organized in progressive and easy-to-follow exercises, Mindful Calligraphy is the perfect guide on this journey towards tranquility and calligraphic beauty.
Raucous, folk-rock worshippers Rend Collective are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community. Inviting their Facebook and Twitter community to join them to record vocals live outdoors (around a campfire) on Ballyholme Beach in Northern Ireland, the band released the resulting 12-track album, Campfire, to global critical acclaim. Remarkably, the digital-only album hit the No. 1 position on the iTunes® U.S. Christian/Gospel chart and remained near the top of the chart for months.
Now this landmark album, that has already sold in excess of 100,000 units, is available in CD format throughout retail stores.
Included on this album are acoustic versions of their top songs “Build Your Kingdom Here,” “You Are My Vision,” “Come On” and a remarkably inspired version of “10,000 Reasons.” Following UK chart success this year with the single "My Lighthouse", a rousing reception at events such as Big Church Day Out, Big Church Night In & Soul Survivor (to name but a few), this CD will be sure to be snapped up by Rend's many fans.
Come join the celebration around the “Campfire”!
Art can be fun and so should be speaking about it. This alphabetically organised book is an excellent introduction to the arts for kids. Designed in a fancy colourful style, the selection kindles kidsaEURO (TM) interest in artistic creation at large. It not only delivers basic knowledge but also acts like a good jump-ing-off point for exploring art. To match childrenaEURO (TM)saEURO (TM) short attention span, the book has a dynamic structure. The definitions are short but comprehensive and each word or concept is attractively illustrated.
To celebrate Antipode's 50th anniversary, we've brought together 50 short keyword essays by a range of scholars at varying career stages who all, in some way, have some kind of affinity with Antipode's radical geographical project. The entries in this volume are diverse, eclectic, and to an extent random, however they all speak to our discipline's past, present and future in exciting and suggestive ways Contributors have taken unusual or novel terms, concepts or sets of ideas important to their research, and their essays discuss them in relation to radical and critical geography's histories, current condition and possible future directions This fractal, playful and provocative intervention in the field stands as a fitting testimony to the role that Antipode has played in the generation of radical geographical engagement with the world
One small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind and an extraordinary destiny for the watch that accompanied man's first steps on the Moon, thereby becoming the greatest icon in watchmaking history: the Omega Speedmaster 'Moonwatch'. Introduced to the public by Omega in 1957, the Speedmaster was designed for mainly sporting purposes, such as in motor racing. However, its fate took a completely different turn in the early 1960s. Astronauts going to space, some of whom wore a Speedmaster for private use, wanted to be officially equipped with a reliable, accurate and resistant watch. For this reason, NASA undertook a series of rigorous tests in extreme conditions in 1964 to select the best chronograph to accompany them on their space missions. The Omega Speedmaster won these tests and was officially certified ('Flight Qualified for All Manned Space Missions') by NASA on 1 March 1965 for the Gemini project. It was in July 1969 that it truly made history, serving the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) for man's first steps on the Moon. This book retraces an extraordinary epic and the evolution of a unique and timeless watch which, from its beginnings in 1957 through to the current models, has remained endlessly fascinating.
The definitive six-volume catalogue raisonne of the drawings of one of the most important artists working today Six decades of both iconic and intimate works by Jasper Johns (b. 1930), who is still producing at the age of 88, are given their full due in this magnificent multi-volume publication. Featuring exquisite full-page illustrations of all 813 known drawings by Johns, more than 200 of which have not been published or exhibited, the volumes demonstrate how Johns has been instrumental in elevating and establishing drawing as a major medium in contemporary art, and his drawings chart his artistic interests and aesthetic evolution. Five volumes are dedicated to the drawings, documenting materials and listing exhibition and publication histories, and the large-scale reproductions feature special production details. These include the use of special inks, such as a combination with silver for graphite works and custom mixes to represent particular colors, ensuring that the reproductions are as faithful as possible with state-of-the-art printing technology. The sixth volume includes an exhibition chronology and bibliography focused on drawings, as well as indexes to the set. This landmark publication is a must-have for contemporary art collectors, drawings connoisseurs, art reference libraries, and university art departments.
The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery. Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress. Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world's most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.
Privatisation, market choice, outsourcing: these are the watchwords that have shaped policy in numerous democratic states in the last generation. The end result is the degradation of the foundational economy. The foundational economy encompasses the material infrastructure at the foundation of civilised life - things like water pipes and sewers - and the providential services like education, health care and care for the old which are at the base of any civilised life. This book shows how these services were built up in the century between 1880 and 1980 so that they were collectively paid for, collectively delivered and collectively consumed. This system of provision has been undermined in the age of privatisation and outsourcing. The book describes the principles that should guide renewal of the foundational economy and the initiatives which could begin to put these principles into practice. -- .
From baby's first shoes, embroidered with tiny crowns, to golden rattles and miniver-trimmed short coats, this new book, the latest in Royal Collection Trust's best-selling series of Souvenir Albums, tells the story of eight royal babies, from Queen Victoria to the new prince. Using a wealth of previously unpublished items and documents from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives, it details the lives of seven of these royal babies from infancy and babyhood to first steps, and on to first days at school. Here are the dolls and teddy-bears, the prams and cots and tricycles, the lost teeth and locks of hair that all parents know and treasure, together with the little notes in childish scrawl, the family photographs, and the first dainty sets of 'best clothes'. And where else could such a celebration of baby- and childhood end, but with a chapter devoted to our new Prince, to bring this happy history up to the present day. The Royal Baby Book is the official souvenir publication to mark the birth of the new heir to the British throne and will delight anyone who has ever had a baby in their life - royal or otherwise.
Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition, contemporary artists mine the uneasy history of photography in India as a means to challenge outmoded narratives, share hidden stories, and make personal connections with tradition. Taking history into their own hands, figures such as Nandan Ghiya, Gauri Gill, Jitish Kallat, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya, Pushpamala N., Raqs Media Collective, Vivan Sundaram, and Surekha draw on a diverse range of sources, from ethnographic photographs made at the height of the British occupation to hand-painted studio portraits and stills from Bollywood movies. Weighing the influence of the global against the draw of the local, these artists embrace tradition and innovation as covalent rather than competitive forces. Marking the US debut of several of the featured artists, Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India deepens our understanding of the legacy of colonialism and celebrates new and socially engaged modes of image-making in South Asia. It is published in association with the San Jose Museum of Art.
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