Jacquie’s expertise and passion in and for the art of animation has certainly led me (and I suspect some others in our group) to explore this field in new way. In particular her fascinating piece on the troubled history of the cinematic masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler was so interesting I was not surprised when it surfaced as part of her first workshop for us.
Supplying an illustration from that film, she asked us to choose either character and see where it led us. We were given other choices, mysterious happenings in a remote holiday lodge, and a reprisal of the Alice in Wonderland adventure of going through a portal to another world. In fact, the workshop gave many of us a chance to indulge in Magical Realism, which is simply the literary use of magic to underline a truth. Or, a truth as we see it. I’ll stop there –I may be getting in a bit too deep!
Needless to say, Shorelinkers grasped the idea immediately and ran, or wrote , with it. Because of our numbers, there was a mere fifteen minutes to write in, and, once again, I was staggered at the quality of the work produced. I can only pick out a few examples here, but the elegiac essay on the search for the meanings of life and death stand out, as does the child who stepped from the painting to invite another in to play with him. There was the changing room that went through curtain after curtain until– well, who knows? The woodland clearing with the silver dome rising slowly from the dark pond was a lingering image, indeed woodland and forests figured largely in our ghostly stories. As did talking animals, oh, and dancing ones, including musical cats and a magic hare.
But this is Shorelink, so obviously there were some humorous ones alongside the more sinister tales. I loved the wicked skit on Bexhill and Hastings, the use of hats as personality changers, and the thief who rose through the ranks to become a politician because of his ability to talk old cobblers to everyone. And on another theme, there was the old air raid shelter, undiscovered for years but full of memories.
I wish I could reproduce some of the pieces here, but once again, the diversity and sheer enthusiasm of the group combined to give us all a delightfully creative evening. Thank you, Jacquie for a brilliant and inspiring workshop.
Next week is a reading week, and we are at Westfield. The optional subject is The Hypnotist.
See you there, Sally