Prelude: The Nymph Chant sounds like a bird song at sunrise. A call to action. To prayer. To meditation. A ritual of sorts. A ritual for one. Every day Melissa finds a way out of the emptiness and into the fire. The burn is a reminder. It helps to ground her in the now. That mystical thing chased like a fox on a hunt. The Chant keeps her in the room. By the window. Her gaze travels inward at first and then drifts to the horizon with the same commitment. Wings out. Antenna up. Waiting to feel something. Desperate for…
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 steps I follow to build the DYSPLA Storymakers Residency, which was established in London in 2018, funded by Arts Council England. …
the rebellious dust fights with the pollen blown in through the open window; thinned by locals who refuse to drink quietly — why should they?
politics has done enough of that, crippled their voice for long enough, let there be an anthem breeze to set their mood - to dance out, what is to come
— glass smashed, sliced against the edges of prejudice as they smoke in front of their kids, sharing the same pint of poison without
discrimination in the open air, occupied with fume and cough and phlegm as they spit out all that is rotten and…
DYSPLA Founder, Lennie Varvarides speaks on why poetry is urgently needed in areas of high deprivation
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 school in an area of high deprivation. My Cypriot parents’ childhood, was also one of ‘absolute poverty’, so these themes are extremely important to me.
…I hear you ask…, well, like; Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. B. Yeats, Jules Verne, John Irving, Richard Ford, George Bernard Shaw, Octavia Butler, Sally Gardner, Walter Disney, Jeanne Betancourt, Patricia Polacco, Lynda La Plante, Victor Villasenor, Robert Benton, Steve Mcqueen, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Spike Lee to name just a few!
This post won’t completely answer any of those questions, but what it will do hopefully, is spark an interest in the value of being an “Outsider.”
Our world is made up of words and rules and laws and straight lines…
Off land…through to 3:00 am…Facedown again…holding a cup or a chalice…walking around the gallery…sitting in a window seal…was it me or you looking out the window onto China Town?
Boots, new brown…with lace up the thigh…dropped down…looked up, there you were…dark skin crew cut stranger…no name, nor me…passed each other so we did on an anonymous street
To come and go…into…onto days made not to thought…not to last,… no ask for longer…not now…selfish, yes…selfish…I want more…more minutes in the car…time capsule small vacuum
Rain on Dekalb Ave…or was it a burst…fire…Blue dress…nipples, sweet nipples I wore without shame…bra off, gasp…breath…
A DYSPLA project
Funded for a second year by Arts Council England and POET, (Protection of English Trust), DYSPLA is running its unique Storymakers Residency for Neurodivergent* Creatives in London.
DYSPLA is a London-based Art Studio run by Neurodivergent (ND) Creatives, for Neurodivergent Storymakers. We specialize in the creative and professional artistic development of Neurodivergent people, as well as producing the work of Dyslexic and Neurodivergent artists. …
This Pub is keen to exhibit the workings of the Neurodivergent* (ND) mind and curate the ND Aesthetic* (ND_A). As DYSPLA is an arts organization with a strong portfolio of Digital Art and Moving Image, we hope to make this Pub exciting visually and focus just as much on ‘text’ as an object as well as a ‘word’. Meaning, this is the publication where art and poetry can get along nicely.
These lines were curated together from individual stories and poems authored by children aged 7–11-year-old from London, as part of the, Words Not Walls project produced by DYSPLA. All the children in the group have varying levels of learning and/or emotional challenges.
The Queen won't share her wealth
and my brother is jealous of my water bottle
and my mother has forgotten how to love
and my sister won't eat her vegetables
The Mermaid wants her legs back
and the Unicorn has lost its power
the flower was plucked too soon
and the postman works on a crutch