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  • Chalk The Sun » blog
    admin on Mar 22 2013 in blog No Comments Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and beyond I read this marvellous book long before I visited anywhere in West Africa but I was fascinated by the inside view of a completely different society Achebe takes his title from W B Yeats speculations on the demise of European civilisation after World War 1 The Second Read More Corrie or Coriolanus Posted by admin on Mar 18 2013 in blog No Comments We were really pleased when actor Gregory Cox and his wife Robin Miller an ex Chalk student agreed to work with our students on the Wrote It Quote It performance projects this year Many of you will have seen Gregory as Pub of the Year judge in Coronation Street last October charming Sue Johnston as in Read More Tales of the Unexpected Posted by admin on Mar 11 2013 in blog No Comments Last Saturday we held a Stage Screen special with CBBC script developer Jonathan Wolfman workshopping our story ideas One comment Jonathan made really resonated with me introduce the completely unexpected See what happens if your character meets with an unpredictable event make your character behave in a completely unexpected way have the chemistry between your Read More Ten Top Tips for Performing your Work Posted by admin on Feb 18 2013 in blog No Comments You may read to children in your role as parent teacher or storyteller you may want to take part in reading events or poetry slams and if you ever get that novel published you will have to read at book fairs and literary festivals Even if you only want to read effectively in class a Read More Older entries Newer entries Courses Creative writing weekly courses monthly workshops Distance learning

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    Posted on Mar 22 2013 in blog No Comments Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and beyond I read this marvellous book long before I visited anywhere in West Africa but I was fascinated by the inside view of a completely different society Achebe takes his title from W B Yeats speculations on the demise of European civilisation after World War 1 The Second Read More Corrie or Coriolanus Posted on Mar 18 2013 in blog No Comments We were really pleased when actor Gregory Cox and his wife Robin Miller an ex Chalk student agreed to work with our students on the Wrote It Quote It performance projects this year Many of you will have seen Gregory as Pub of the Year judge in Coronation Street last October charming Sue Johnston as in Read More Tales of the Unexpected Posted on Mar 11 2013 in blog No Comments Last Saturday we held a Stage Screen special with CBBC script developer Jonathan Wolfman workshopping our story ideas One comment Jonathan made really resonated with me introduce the completely unexpected See what happens if your character meets with an unpredictable event make your character behave in a completely unexpected way have the chemistry between your Read More Ten Top Tips for Performing your Work Posted on Feb 18 2013 in blog No Comments You may read to children in your role as parent teacher or storyteller you may want to take part in reading events or poetry slams and if you ever get that novel published you will have to read at book fairs and literary festivals Even if you only want to read effectively in class a Read More Older entries Newer entries Author Info Courses Creative writing weekly courses monthly workshops Distance learning Creative Writing Holidays in

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  • Chalk The Sun » What to Do? The Wonders of Sub-Continental English
    I have got used to being told not to wander too par or that something needs pixing This transposition is common all over the sub continent including rather unfortunately in Nepal which locals often call Nefal There are essential Sri Lankan English phrases such as beachside or roadside necessary if you want to book the room with the view Backside tends to be locational rather than anatomical He is growing vegetables in the backside Slippers are rubber flip flops not fur lined tartan cosies Paining covers most medical emergencies from sprains to mozzie bites Taking tea a frequent activity in the land of Liptons and plantations is a slightly archaic variation on drinking it Sri Lankans love the present participle I m doing he saying as much as Elmore Leonard This isn t just funny foreign English there s a vitality economy and inventiveness to sub continental English sometimes called Hinlish in India where Hindi and English are seamlessly welded together which create a new vibrant form of the language surpassing any colonial legacy Nouns become verbs so a lorry driver might be horning loudly which could be very important in an accident prone zone a common road sign in Goa Schoolchildren by heart the poems on their syllabus Short eats will get you a snack from a fish bun to a lentil vadai although in Sri Lanka the latter will be pronounced with a w as in wehicle Formal English used in newspapers and broadcasts has quaint quirks victims expire bystanders start a hue and cry important meetings may be preponed or moved forward as opposed to postponed Young people may use archaic Bertie Wooster slang like tickety boo or tip top which no one in the UK has used without irony since 1936 Small children will ask you

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  • Chalk The Sun » So Farewell Nick Kelly…
    and Jon B s squat in World s End Chelsea with bohemian platform beds Hell s Angel neighbours and a pet python called Nigel Nick s flat in the then shabby Sinclair Road Shepherd Bush a short walk to the now demolished Duke of Clarence pub and the unrecognisably fashionable Prince of Wales where we indulged a taste for Stella Artois with Aussies back from the Hindu Kush one long blur of parties in squatted Victorian villas in the Grove Edwardian bedsits in Earls Court cramped council flats in Stockwell I began to realise how much Nick had influenced my early taste in movies music and literature Born in Tooting raised in Wembley he epitomised the bright drop out who like me yearned for more than the narrow terraces and mundane respectability to which our parents had aspired It was Nick who took me to late night showings of Fox and Jagger in Performance at the long gone Paris Pullman and Warhol s Trash at the Electric Cinema when it was still the same unrefurbished flea pit my mother and grandmother had known It was Nick who made me listen to Miles Davis Hendrix Tim Buckley the Velvet Underground Most important of all it was Nick who gave me a little known young writer s first collection of short stories First Love Last Rites by Ian McEwan Nick demanded that I read Conrad s Secret Agent and Mervyn Peake s Ghormenghast Nick exposed me to Hunter S Thompson s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Tom Wolfe s New Journalism Michael Herr s Dispatches and all the seminal works of 1970s counter culture Required reading for any self respecting teen hippie perhaps but these books remain works of brilliance and I thank Nick for introducing me to them and helping

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  • Chalk The Sun » You were on that Stage!
    woman who once upstaged herself with her own glove by trying to wriggle it off surreptitiously every member of the audience was transfixed by the glove instead of my hilarious monologue If you have a wardrobe malfunction or drop your pen address the problem with one decisive action and tell the audience what you re doing you can get a laugh too Butterfingers Just as well I m a poet not a juggler 5 Gauge where the audience will be eye lines are important in making a connection You don t want to stare over people s heads you will look like John Huston s weird blind preacher in Wise Blood Even if you have bright lights in your eyes and can t actually see the audience get a fix on where the front middle and back rows are and fake it look in their direction at head height 6 Don t let your eyes roam around you ll seem shifty Richard Nixon never mastered this and look what happened to him 7 Focus on one section of the audience for a minute or so then switch to another but not in mid sentence 8 Look at somebody when you deliver a punch line but beware of directing too much at the same person even gently disparaging remarks can feel uncomfortable if they all seem to be aimed at you Groups laugh if one of their number is singled out by a performer and that laughter spreads so pick on the giggling Media girlies not the lone accountant in the tank top 9 If you are reading a serious story or poem remember silence suggests attentiveness not boredom Allow your audience a little processing time for ideas to sink in before you move onto your next sentence Similarly with a

    Original URL path: http://chalkthesun.co.uk/?p=1905 (2016-02-15)
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  • Chalk The Sun » Things Fall Apart – So Farewell Chinua Achebe
    young man acquiring a bicycle and the controversy it inspires embodies the duality of Progress and the range of attitudes towards it Achebe writes in English but his prose is peppered with Ibo phrases and proverbs he says that he felt he had to create a new language not the English of Dickens and the other classics he read as boy His portrayal of Africans as diverse complicated people is also something new Jean Rhys depictions of black Caribbean people in Wide Sargasso Sea are similarly complex He indicates Ibo speakers by measured dignified language a far cry from Conrad whom Achebe says gives only six words to his African characters in the whole of the thoroughgoingly racist Heart of Darkness the rest of the time they just grunt and shriek The novel is perhaps even more resonant today than when it was written The man whom South African Nadime Gordimer described as the father of modern African Literature has left us but his words and the inspiration they give survives him Chinua Achebe 1930 2013 was born in Ogidi Onitsha when Nigeria was still a British colony His family had converted to Christianity in the previous generation and he was educated in a government run school After the civil war with Biafra in 1972 he accepted a post at the University of Massachusetts He went back to Nigeria as a lecturer but after a car crash in 1990 left him partially disabled he returned to the USA and lived in New York until his death In 2007 he was awarded the Man Booker Prize for his services to literature Last year Achebe published a long awaited memoir about the brutal three year Biafran war when the south eastern Ibo region tried to split from Nigeria in 1967 Ardella Jones

    Original URL path: http://chalkthesun.co.uk/?p=1844 (2016-02-15)
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  • Chalk The Sun » Corrie or Coriolanus?
    like Shakespeare and Ibsen so I was intrigued by his departure into soaps he was also an auctioneer in East Enders recently It s a very respectable thing for theatre actors to do these days Gregory assured me since Sir Ian did it everybody s at it Sir Ian McKellen played con man Mel Hutchwright for ten episodes of Coronation Street in 2005 ending any snobbery his fellow thespians might have felt about telly soaps It s also of course lots of fun says Greg And I suspect it pays a bit more than appearing in finely crafted classics or fringe experiments plus you don t have to do the same thing every night and twice on Saturdays for months on end I was hoping Gregory as Laurence might return to the street and get his leg over Gloria Sue Johnston in a romantic interlude but Gregory s lips are sealed We ll be cross questioning him further during Wrote It Quote It so watch this space Ardella Jones Wrote It Quote It workshop Saturday 1 4 pm 23 MarchReading and Wine event 7 pm Sunday 24 March 2013 Balham Bowls Club Leave a Reply Name required Email required Website

    Original URL path: http://chalkthesun.co.uk/?p=1812 (2016-02-15)
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  • Chalk The Sun » Tales of the Unexpected
    or finding himself in an unusual situation stranded with the poor but loving Peruvian peasant family which changes him Our hard nosed billionaire becomes more human more compassionate he uses his wealth and power to found an orphanage or build the peasant family a spanking new hovel and in the process he gains the inner peace and contentment he lacked But what if he becomes more greedy and more powerful instead He sees the entrepreneurial possibilities in trafficking orphans or planting coca on the peasants land and enslaving them to harvest it the character has still experienced a journey the key to story except he s reversed our expectations it won t make for a feel good movie but it will make for a more exciting drama Jonathan says writers need to explore these possibilities even if the exploration doesn t result in your final storyline He also says it s up to us to retain the authenticity of our vision as writers Don t confuse your archetypal character with the clichéd character there is always room for the former Remember stereotypes become stereotypes because there is some truth in them it s up to the writer to make them three dimensional and original However in the quest for original characters don t go down the TV cop show route creating paradoxes and quirks seemingly by a random selection of unusual habits personality traits and biographical details Hey have we had a wheelchair using female Chinese detective who s divorced recovering from alcoholism quotes poetry plays jazz and sucks a lollipop Keep it organic authentic and credible then you might write something truly original Ardella Jones Our next Stage Screen workshop is 1 pm Saturday 13 April at Balham Bowls Club with former TV producer Jo Hepplewhite on writing scenes

    Original URL path: http://chalkthesun.co.uk/?p=1796 (2016-02-15)
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