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Susan Boyle and Grace

April 18th, 2009

“In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging – the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts – the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace.

“She pierced my defences. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.

From an excellent article on the Susan Boyle phenomenon on the BBC website here.

Storytelling in Forest Row

April 18th, 2009

Ashdown Forest Storytelling Club Taliesin and the Cauldron of Ceridwen “..and she would make on Bealtaine Eve a cauldron of inspiration that he may become all wise…” “Annette’s storytelling appeals to all the senses: the images, sounds and somehow tactile quality of her relating made the tale very real to me.” Gabor, care-worker, Milton Keynes 7.30pm Wednesday 6 May First half of the evening, hear 10 minute tales from the floor including stories of transition and change. In the second half, welcome our guest teller Annette Armstrong. Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Road (opp. fish & chip shop) Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DZ