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'I am known to walk a lot by modern standards, on most days for seven or more miles. Fitness isn’t the point, at least not all of it. Walking spins ideas free; its rhythm puts me in touch with myself, and the distance I travel reminds me I am always loose on the planet. Setting a pace, sallying forth, reminds me, mind comprising as it does every part of the body, not least the heart, which tells me I am frightened or in love before I know to ask. The sensory organs—skin, eyes, ears—fire information constantly. Synthesised and brought to language in the brain, that information creates an ongoing sense of change that we call ‘mind’, which feels apart from the body but is of the body. Without the body, the brain is a dull grey blob, inert. Like it or lump it.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon TEXT Special Issue Website Series Making It New: Finding Contemporary Meanings for Creativity no. 40 Michael Biggs (editor), Kevin Brophy (editor), Monica Carroll (editor), Paul Magee (editor), Jen Webb (editor), 2017 11181505 2017 periodical issue

    'Creativity is one of the important catchwords of the early 21st century. It is invoked by government, industry, and the academy, positioned as the motive force for economic and technological innovation, and widely claimed in the literature of business and organisational management as an explicatory concept and a key ingredient for success. It can be surprising to artists in all the many forms and modes of practice that a word we had long seen as ‘ours’ has so thoroughly and promiscuously slipped from our grasp. However, there is knowledge in all those other disciplines and domains that is potentially of value to creative writers, performing artists and plastic artists, as well as all our cousins in allied art forms.' (Monica Carroll and Jen Webb Introduction)

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