Living is for the Exploring
I was born in the Scottish Borders, have traveled fairly extensively and now live in Edinburgh. My work encompasses new thinking, innovative learning processes and creative exploration.
Life is for the exploring of it. I am an intellectual, creative and physical maven – a hoarder of all things that make me go ‘Ahhh!’. The world is too full of astonishments not to be interested in it.
Like a growing body, the mind always needs more to do to keep it brimful of fascination. This is the lesson I am learning. We never know where or how we will end up and we owe it to ourselves to be ready to make that leap of faith when we are asked to. The world always asks us to be different!
The three big themes in my current life are The FeldenkraisMethod®, The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (YWSP) and singing.
I have been Director of The Young Walter Scott Prize and Creative Director of the Imagining History Programme since 2014.
The aim of YWSP is to challenge young minds to explore our rapidly changing world by engaging with the places and people of their own histories. We do this by way of a ground-breaking creative writing competition and a national programme of writing/exploration workshops that take place in sites of historical interest.
I have been a practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method® since 1999, leading classes in Awareness through Movement® and giving lessons in Functional Integration®. I am a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of the UK (FGUK) and I have a practice in Edinburgh, The Scottish Borders and East Anglia. I have also taught classes and workshops internationally, notably in Poland, Finland and Austria.
I am also musician – a singer mainly, though I also play piano, accordion, recorders and have been known to sit astride the occasional cajon. I have sung professionally as an actor and performer, with composers and song-makers and with many a semi-professional and amateur ensemble.
I’m always on the look out for new singing projects. I recently joined the Edinburgh chamber ensemble Cadenza.
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For those who are interested, you can find a detailed CV here