The Navaho Influence: Dennison Smith

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‘I still think in terms of the theathre far more often than I think in terms of the written word.’

I first met Dennison Smith when she came to the Northwest Literary Salon last February. When she read an extract of her book, The Eye of the Day, I was completely hooked. Characters and settings appeared directly into the room through words that were both, beautiful and disturbing. (If you are curious, she’s reading exactly the same bit in her interview!)

When Dennison Smith  was in her twenties, she hitchhiked in US and was finally welcomed by a Navaho family. This period in her life has vastly influenced her art . She has published several books that include both poetry and prose, she has worked in drama as author and director, she has done a PhD in Creative Writing in the University of East Anglia and recently opened an art gallery in London, The Baldwin Gallery, which –among others– promotes the work of indigenous artists from North America.

 

What can you find in this interview?

-Writing and yoga.

-Theatre.

-Memoir.

-Publishing and getting an agent.

-Studying Creative Writing.

 

Text read in this interview:

–An extract from The Eye of the Day.

 

Do you want to know more about Dennison Smith?

-Check out her webpage.

-Check out her publications.

 

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Dennison Smith. Your literary journey is truly inspiring and we wish you all all the best luck with your new art gallery!

 

Writer and Performer: Elizabeth Hare

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‘I always had this gift of being able to read well aloud, and one of the things I really enjoy is the oportunity to do open mic… it’s usually worth it.’

Elizabeth Hare was born in the South of England but has been living in Lancashire since 1980. She has done drama, teaching Creative Writing for the Open University, performing poetry… and even Sci-Fi books for children, the project she’s currently working on.

Elizabeth is a passionate person who encourages any aspiring writer to get out and share their work. She’s part of the Brewery Poets in Kendal and the writers’ group from Lancaster. ‘Even if you don’t write too much, you have preassure on you to do something for the group… you preassure yourself.’  Her webpage is always full of useful tips and interesting information about literature.

What can you find in this interview?

-Studying and teaching drama.

-Teaching CW for the Open University.

-Publishing poetry.

-Performing poetry and doing literary readings.

 

Poems read in this interview:

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Visiting The British Museum

You Can Do Shakespeare with These Kids

 

Do you want to know more about Elizabeth Hare?

-Check out her webpage.

-Check out her publications.

 

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Elizabeth Hare, who has share with us all her expertise and valuable tips! We are looking to read your sci-fi novel soon!