I have written about our aspirations regarding creativity and minimalism. Well, a while back I entered a literary competition called ‘Freedom in 50 Words’. This was hosted by Waltham Forest Amnesty International in North East London in May 2011, and to enter you simply had to write pieces – stories, poems, anything – that were exactly 50 words in length, and on the subject of freedom. And then perform them, upstairs at the Rose & Crown in Walthamstow, where the event took place.
Here are a couple, one being then on a very topical theme:
Nakba day: we waited 63 years for this…
15 May 2011
On a fine day in May
They began their walk
The first of the seven million.
In Lebanon and Jordan
In Syria and Egypt
In Gaza and the West Bank
They began their walk home
To meet again as one people.
Risking bullet, risking land mine,
The people of Palestine!
is fragile like an eggshell
And as delicate as petals in the wind
is strong like an oak tree
and as powerful as the wings of an eagle
As fragile and as powerful as a young man
Standing in front of a tank
Holding two plastic bags
Doing it in child protection
Published in Solution News, October 2006 – Read it here
Solution focused practice in Palestine
Published in Solution News, April 2008 – Read it here
A BRIEF journey
Published in Solution News, June 2010 – Read it here
A solution focused group for parents
My article on the parenting groups that I ran at Kobi Nazrul School in Whitechapel with their learning mentor, Bettina Dobb, was published in Context, the magazine of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, in December 2011.
Dancing towards solutions
My paper on solution-focused practice, movement and the body featured in Upside Down: Solution focused paradigms – revolutions and evolutions, the book which was published to accompany the 2012 European Brief Therapy Association conference. Read it here.
The aim of minimalism in the solution-focused approach.
A guest post on the inimitable Coert Visser’s blog.
Just for fun. I was going to a writing group, and we were each given a genre to write in, ‘to take us out of our comfort zone’. The title I was given was Thriller Night, and something Nikk, the group facilitator, jokily said became the subtitle, as it gave me the idea for this throwaway bit of frivolity!