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Personal essay about needing, finding and freeing space

“Ideas, representations or values which do not succeed in making their mark on space, and thus generating (or producing) an appropriate morphology, will lose all pith and become mere signs, resolve themselves into abstract descriptions, or mutate into fantasies.”

— Henri Lefebvre. (1974/91). The Production of Space.
Oxford: Blackwell Publishing…

WORDS NOT WALLS

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Artwork by Shay Press, Photography was taken by Kazimir Bielecki, 2021.

The mural displayed on the facade of DYSPLA founder Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki's home was created by local Neurodivergent artist Shay Press. It is the first mural of its kind to be funded by Arts Council England in the Turkey Street Ward of the borough of Enfield, an area of high deprivation with little or no cultural activity.

DYSPLA is an award-winning disability lead London-based arts organization, focusing on developing and producing the work of artists who identify as Neurodivergent.

Having been inspired by the first Covid-19 national lockdown, creative duo Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki launched WORDS NOT WALLS, an innovative street…

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Have you ever considered running your own Writer's Residency?

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This post will explain the 12 basic steps to consider and act upon if you would like to run your own Writer Residency.

The steps include; Funding, Partnerships, Marketing, Promotion, Selection Process, Legal, Management, Development, Mentoring, Progress Reports, Public Sharing, and Evaluation. These are your building blocks and the same…

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Words, Not Walls

DYSPLA Founder, Lennie Varvarides speaks on why poetry is urgently needed in areas of high deprivation

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Before you begin reading this post, let me say that I am not an Education Specialist — but I am an expert on how society and schools fail people with Learning Differences through the work I do at DYSPLA. I identify as Working Class and my 7-year-old child attends a…

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LIKE WHO?
…I hear you ask…, well, like; Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. B. …

Confidence

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Noticwable change happens gradually — between moments — between screw ups…making them while being scared of fucking making them — holding us to account like prisoners — comparing our likeness to parents, ours, or theirs— — a universal shock tactic —

— — — — — Sending a warning you…

Prose Poem

Photo by Kazimir Bielecki, 2019 with permission

How to capture the change and do it justice?

The season gives an indication of what is coming. Light growing dark, trees naked, brittle, but here there is no promise of a rebirth — — unless, it is in my head.

Is grief just guilt wrapped in tears? A heavy…

Hello Jenine, how lovely of you to read, highlight and comment. Thank you so much for spending this time with the work. I am so happy that you and the poem connected. I love it when that happens. When a poem can invite such affection. Thank you for sharing this time with us. Love Lennie

Questions and answers about Neurodivergence

These questions are asked and curated by ND Positive, a new space dedicated to understanding, sharing, and exploring the positive elements of living a neurodivergent life.

Photo by Alfonso Scarpa on Unsplash

Name: Lennie Varvarides
ND Type/s: Predominately Dyslexic with ADHD
What do you do: I am a poet, writer and the founder of DYSPLA. I also run a talent agency called MSFT Management.
Where do you live: North London

Q1) How did you start your day?
Do you have a morning routine? What do you have for breakfast? Do think a good diet is important?

I always aim for a morning routine. I long for one. When I am good, I follow the rule of waking up early to read or write. I use to meditate in the mornings too — but I have not felt as Zen since Lockdown. So…not really kept up my…

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Photo taken by DYSPLA 2020

This is it — this is how you build a publication on Medium from scratch. This post will share some of my struggles and some of my wins in an attempt to encourage you to follow as well as to insight you to write for us.

First, take a look…

Lennie Varvarides

London-based dyslexic creative working in development. Founder of DYSPLA, founding editor @ The Museum of the Neurodivergent-Aesthetic.

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