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I want to tell you a story about Alex.
She was a shy child in many ways. This may not be immediately obvious to others, to teachers. Alex is pleasant. Alex is agreeable. Alex smiles softly to fit in. Alex makes jokes and laughs loudly so her classmates know she is fun to play with. Alex is kind to other children. Confident that they are right and Alex is wrong. Alex already knows that crushing feeling of always being wrong. Wrong still makes Alex ashamed. Alex hides this. Like handwriting, when she leans so far…
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. …
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…
Having been inspired by the first Covid-19 national lockdown, creative duo Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki launched WORDS NOT WALLS, an innovative street gallery experience exhibited over multiple locations within a two-mile radius of Turkey Street Ward. This community-based art and poetry project is designed to reframe who has the privilege to experience great art and cultural engagement.
Staying at home and partaking in the challenges of homeschooling also highlighted the alarming fact that children experience very little creative education in their formative years. The focus has been on reading, writing, and arithmetic since 2010 when the Tory Government stripped…
“Touch is exploratory. Imagine touch as exploration. A conversation you have with yourself. For most of us, our bodies are functional. Touch is mostly utilitarian. But what if touch can also be an artistic pursuit? Can we relate to our body from this new perspective? Is this something that can be explored through touch? Can this online touch workshop be the first step towards experimenting with touch as narrative?” Performative Text by Lennie Varvarides
DYSPLA TOUCH Online will present 2 out of 12 poetic moments of a neurodivergent female’s life. DYSPLA TOUCH asks that you…
I began this publication in June 2021 after receiving Arts Council England funding to develop my own creative practice and am committed to using this space to explore the ‘Neurodivergent Aesthetic.’ This term was first used in 2018 as part of conversations about the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival, where we exhibited the work of over 20 Neurodivergent filmmakers and shared our ongoing research into the methodologies of Neurodivergent creatives.
This publication is therefore home to people like us, Neurodivergent Creatives like us, people who want to experiment and subvert their creative practice and interrogate the way we make. The…
The solution to dry skin is moisture
Put it back in
Replace lost nutrients
Drink more water…
But what do you do to fill a gaping hole?
…a place where life won’t grow?
Where dreams won’t show a message you can trust?
When the spell won’t work?
Medication costs more than just cash
You buy into, hope
Somehow believing fate is for sale
That your finance will shift science somehow
Pay into in
Buy into it
Put your real life on hold
The hope you might hold the unborn love.
Here it is —
Selling you something you…