Tag Archives: Carol McGuigan

Past the halfway re-build

While I’ve been working into the previous draft of the novel and transforming it into the next, the metaphor which comes to mind is rebuilding a large house by completely demolishing some rooms and thoroughly enhancing others, while adding passages (good word) so the rooms … Continue reading

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potentiality

Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black resonates. The ‘fiends’ who plague the central character Alison are made dust by her determination. She still has access to ‘spirit’ without their foul-mouthed presence. They made me think of the ‘demons’ we say we fight … Continue reading

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the blossomest blossom

The adaptation written and performed for the dedication of Julia’s writing room flourished into being last week and has now disappeared. Theatre is like blossom, brief but captivating (at best). Despite its transience, it lifts our spirits, gives us hope and ideally contains fruits … Continue reading

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spreading branches

Our little sapling of a show opened last night, having been hothoused with loving care by Tess and the rest of the team.  Tess’ notes have the deftness of a paring knife – clean, sharp and creative. I couldn’t have … Continue reading

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room with a view

Actually been working in the Julia Darling writing room today. The painters have finished touching up the painted brick, most of which is at least 150 years old. Despite this and the beams and pillars (see first post), the room … Continue reading

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optimism, cities and songs

Well underway with the third draft now. Nanna’s role has grown a little, though perhaps not as much as might be possible in a larger scale production. It’s good to think of this presentation as work in progress, though hopefully … Continue reading

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work

The Julia Darling Room at Live theatre is being given a fresh lick of paint, in readiness for its new incarnation. It’s a low ceilinged space still with its original beams and chunky little iron pillars which look a bit like pit-props. It’s … Continue reading

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