Amanda Cole has brought to the stage a remarkable legacy left by Hildegard of Bingen especially in her music and the advances she achieved for the role of women in the 12th century Catholic church. Her performance and that of narrator Jo Kadlecek brings a haunting reminder to the contemporary world that courage with art is a necessary part of maintaining the freedoms we can so easily take for granted.
Ms. Cole’s mezzo soprano performance is a dazzling reminder of the roots of western musical forms as is her mastery of the medieval stringed instruments that Hildegard preferred. The performance takes place on a simple stage adorned with the plant pigment art on hemp canvas of Anne Harris, which captures St. Hildegard’s love of nature, and its many mysteries.
When Roland Lowther contacted me from Brisbane in March, I was delighted to be able to assist him by producing the book trailer below for what is the beginning of a three book series. It took a morning to shoot using two cameras, and 16 hours to edit, finesse, and output to web.
If you or an author you know are looking for a web video to promote a book or other creative project – call me on my Australian Mobile # +61 456 732 828 – Chris Gilbert – LAMP POST MEDIA
Writers need writerly friends and mentors to grow their work. With the May workshop successfully launched, Jo will teach the next memoir writing workshop in July, again in partnership with local Hearts and Minds Art Gallery in Noosa and Tewantin at the Marina. The second of our “Hearts & Minds Writing Workshops” will be “Writing Your Memoir – 1” in JULY. Space is limited to 10. For more information on the workshop and our July class, click here! Write on!
Make 2016 the year you finally:
- start writing that memoir;
- finish that novel;
- revisit that screenplay!
Jo is now offering:
Individual or group writing instruction, editorial coaching, and story consultation for writers at all stages. Online or locally (as in Noosa, Australia). Find out more about her reasonable rates and professional support. Make it a creative resolution to keep!
The incredible championship of the U.S.A. Women’s Soccer Team at the June 2015 FIFA World Cup confirmed the sport’s popularity and the growing impact of women athletes as role models. Now comes a novel that continues the celebration of both: WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS.
Co-authored by Valerie J. Gin and Jo Kadlecek, both former college athletes and coaches, WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS is a tale of two teams, Title IX and the women who became champions—and friends—in the process. It is a unique literary contribution to both women’s fiction and the ordinarily male-dominated sports genre as it celebrates women’s friendships against the backdrop of sport history. Now available in print and e-book through any independent, chain or online book seller.
Watch the book trailer!
Storytelling is a process of discovery, for you and the subject matter. Here are four essential exercises for helping you identify stories that you are uniquely wired to tell:
1. “Art is a corner of nature seen through a temperament,” says Michael Rabiger in his book, “Directing the Documentary.” Artists as story tellers, must pay attention to themselves first, what moves them and motivates them for good or ill. Continue reading
Whether it’s a novel or a tweet, a script or an op ed, all writing deserves our best thinking and words. All the time. Sure, it’s hard work. But the pay off of catching—and keeping— readers is worth it. Here are 4 writing clues to make your writing as compelling as it can be: Continue reading
Chris’s documentary subtitled, Why India celebrates Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, was featured at the launch of a new museum in Tharangambadi, in the state of Tamil Nadu on Friday, August 14, 2015. The Consul Generals of Germany and Denmark joined Indian leaders at the event to mark the beginning of a collaborative project, which preserves the revered 150 year legacy of the Halle-Danish mission Ziegenbalg began in 1706.
The Francke Foundation from Halle in Germany initiated the event and screening with the intention of returning to India many of the historic records and artifacts pertaining to the history of Tamil life and culture that have been in the foundation’s archives for more than 300 years. Continue reading
Straight from Jo’s bookshelf, here are some time-tested pieces of advice (in no particular order) from great writers on the writing process, and why we should approach it with care:
•”If you don’t think cheaply, then there at least won’t be the quality of cheapness in your writing . . . Any discipline can help your writing: logic, mathematics, theology and of course and particularly drawing. Anything that helps you to see, anything that makes you look. The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that doesn’t require his attention.”—Flannery O’Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction” in Mystery and Manners Continue reading