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In Sligo for the Yeats International Summer School

I’ve gone back to school! I’m writing this from the back  of an unusual lecture hall — the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, after a very fine lecture, “The Epiphanic Yeats” by Dr Matthew Campbell, Professor of English at the University of York. Epiphanic talk, Matt, thank you! Yes, I’m here in Sligo, Ireland, attending various lectures at the Yeats International Summer School, learning lots, making new friends and, next Monday, launching my special edition book Secret Rose at Yeats House. The summer school runs alongside the “Tread Softly” festival, a two-week extravaganza of all things Yeatsian. Highlights for me, will be: Workwise: My…

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Bohemian life, 1890s. Constance Markievicz (left) and Althea Gyles (right)
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Althea Gyles: Designer of The Secret Rose

Althea Gyles, the artist and writer who designed the cover of WB Yeats’s The Secret Rose (which I have reproduced on my special edition book), and many other masterpieces of the 1890s, has been variously described: the “genius who invented a symbolic personality for Yeats” (Warwick Gould) the “fey and slightly manic Irish artist” (Roy Foster) the “wild, red-headed Irish poet” (Jerome Reilly) the “woman who dumped Aleister Crowley” (Simon Jester) For me she was a fascinating and tragic woman (one of many such in Yeats’s circle), whose life was defined by art, the occult and the sort of self-destructive sexual behaviour and choice of men —…

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Thank You Thank You! PLUS A Little Raffle for Hardcore WB Yeats Fans

Thank you to all who supported my Crowdfunder. With your help, I made it! 103% funded as I write, on the last day, with funds still coming in. I’m overwhelmed and so very grateful for your support — and now really looking forward to making this very special book. THANK YOU! AND: As I’m finding myself with a little extra money in hand, I’d like to give some back. All those who entered the crowdfunder will now receive a copy of special print book. And if I can make a tiny bit more, I’ll have enough to also sponsor somebody to…

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Creative Mentoring
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In Need of Creative Mentoring?

 Stuck in a creative rut? Confused about where to start? Spinning that hamster wheel and not going anywhere? Or caught in resistance (or even self-sabotage) mode? Those who know me for my creative mentoring work know that I have a long waiting list and places come up rarely. My slate is full with people who are dedicated and determined, and I’m all theirs until they decide they’re ready to go it alone. But…. For my current crowdfunding project – Secret Rose – I am offering followers and fans the chance to jump the waiting list and enjoy either a single “How To Create Anything” session, or a package of…

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My Creativist Hero: Lady Gregory’s Persistence and Passion by Phil Mason

Creativist heroes are people who inspire us by taking a consciously creative attitude to their lives. This will be a regular series on the blog going forward. If you have a “hero” you’d like to tell the world about, drop me an email explaining exactly how they lived their life from creativist principles, in a way that has inspired your own choices. Last week, I received an invitation from long time supporter of this blog, Phil Mason, to attend the rehearsed reading of her play Lady Gregory at Pentameters Theatre. As I’m also writing about dear old Lady G, as part of my novel about WB Yeats…

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Five Reasons to Support: Secret Rose

Here are five reasons to support Secret Rose, my crowdfunding project. 1) You’ll be reviving WB Yeats as a writer of fiction.  These stories have been neglected and underestimated by the critics. In the introduction to the book, I explain why these dramatic stories of national and personal vision, that have the flavour of folklore, deserve to be resuscitated. (I believe they are as important to world literature as Grimm’s Fairy Tales).  2) You’ll be supporting an indie author’s crazy passion project.  Making a beautiful artefact like this is unbelievably expensive these days. The paper alone is hard to source and use in modern machinery. In this, Yeats 150th…

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Be More Creative Guest. This week WB Yeats on Creative Flow

This is the final post in this regular “Be More Creative Guest” series. Going forward, Mondays will be devoted to “My Creativist Hero”, where one creativist praises the achievements of another. If you have a hero, whose life and work followed creativist principles, and you’d like to be included in the series, email me through the contact form. The “Be More Creative” guest slots will continue as an occasional feature. As I’m in such a Yeatsian haze at the moment, finishing Her Secret Rose, I thought I’d conclude the series with my favourite description of Creative Flow, from his “Among School Children”…

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Ingram Spark interview at the Indie Author Fringe Festival for IndieReCon

Post by Yen Ooi The last day of the London Book Fair and IndieReCon saw the exciting Indie Author Fringe Festival that was held at Foyles, London on 17th April 2015. At the event, Ingram Spark interviewed Orna about her new project, a crowdfunder for Secret Rose, a double-book replica of WB Yeats’s 1897 first edition of The Secret Rose. This project will contain that book of short stories and Orna’s novel, Her Secret Rose together, as part of #Yeats2015, celebrating the poet’s 150-year anniversary. Her Secret Rose by Orna will also be published as a standalone novel outside of the Secret Rose project,…

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I’m Crowdfunding A Very Special WB Yeats Project

I’ve just launched a Pubslush crowdfunding project, Secret Rose, as part of #Yeats2015. This year, Yeats lovers everywhere are celebrating the 150-year birth anniversary of the Nobel-laureate Irish poet, who was born on 13 June 1865. I wanted to do something special and after much thought decided what better way to pay tribute to a writer than to produce a very special book of his work, especially an aspect of his work that has been neglected? And then issue it together with a novel that tells the real-life story-behind-his-stories. Special Edition This carefully crafted, limited edition book brings two books together: Yeats’s short stores, *The Secret Rose* and my novel, *Her Secret…

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Poems on the underground – Yeats2015

As regular readers know, Yeats has taken over this blog a bit this year (#Yeats2015), with my novel about his relationship with Maud Gonne launching in the summer and various fun and frolics happening here in London and in Ireland. I was thrilled to hear from Judith Cherniak that Poems on the Underground will be celebrating#Yeats2015 all year too. Their first set of poems for March 2015 features: the final stanza of ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, Yeats’ tribute to the timeless power of imagination; and the popular love poem, ‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’. Also featuring: a translation of Antoine O Raifteiri’s Irish verses…

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