Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.
..and a new Halloween Monster !
‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone. I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
And to celebrate we’re not only offering you Lydia’s final poem focusing on deformation, specially written to pull the project together but also a new monster formed out of all the poem illustrations by the artists involved in this project who have been inspired by Lydia’s poems. You probably haven’t seen anything like it before! This has been created by Sara Mena (you can see the image she contributed last week here).
The talented artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Sara have been Gary Caldwell (whose art work went out in our first post here) and Amanda Santos (whose art work went out a fortnight ago here) and Diana Probst (whose art work you can see here).
We hope you’ve enjoyed the juxtaposition of words and images over the weeks, and a big thank you to Lydia for providing the artists with such a rich source of imagery and themes. We’ve enjoyed having you and your poetry with us. I really hope the connection will continue. And another BIG thank you to Gary, Amanda, Diana and Sara for their terrific artwork, which you can see collectively transformed below.
Our Collaborative Poem Monster
by Lydia Allison
Please click on the poem image to enlarge if you need to
‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’
As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!
Happy Halloween from the other monster too!