I felt a bit of a fraud attending because my entry "No Sense Nonsense" had sunk without trace but I wanted our collection to be distributed to the judges.
When I arrived I spoke with Bill who is a staff member of PUK. Ezinda had contacted him before hand so he was aware of my mission.We were still chatting when Sebastian Peake approached so Bill said "now is your opportunity". I was introduced and I told Mr Peake about the Forum and the Creative Corner. He is an intelligent, witty person who gave a terrific speech later on about the importance of creativity in maintaining a positive approach to this scourge of a condition. He spoke from experience of the progress of medicine and research since the death of his father in 1958. He told us of the treatment his Father had to endure and the stupidity of the lobotomy which left a horrific hole in Mervyn's head whilst making no improvement in his symptoms.He was glowing in his tributes to all entrants and he said it was significant how the participant numbers and quality of submissions had grown way beyond expectations.
It was great to hear Lin's name amongst the highly commended and I only hope that because we use pseudonyms that there were others I did not recognise. I can tell you now that the four poems that made up the winning entries were of a very high standard indeed. I would encourage you to buy the calendar so you can read them because that is the standard we have to get to if we want to compete.
It is not everyone's desire to enter competitions and I am not making a case to encourage others to enter but if you do want to then believe me the bar has been raised.
It was a grand day and I was very pleased to be seated next to my pal Bob Taylor also known as "The Laughter Man". He does a terrific talk on laughter as medicine if you are ever looking for a unique speaker for your branch.
Anyway I made Sebastian Peake aware of the Creative Corner and he was very enamoured with the idea of this section of the Forum. I do not think he had heard of it before but I think that he will be checking it out as a result.
Whilst chatting with him his brother Fabian joined us and it transpires that he is a professional poet so I imagine he has the task of judging the poetry which is the biggest section of the entries for The Mervyn Peake Awards.
Poetry is for me subjective and it is in the eye of the beholder so rationally a poem that fails in one competition can succeed in another. I know this because it has happened to me, so I will keep trying and I hope all my anonymous frequenters of the Corner will continue to post tocontinue to entertain and delight us all.
Well done Lin.xxx
Sorry about that last gobbledegook paragraph. I thought I had corrected it but obviously had not. I am sure you will be able to understand it none the less!
Thank you for your report - I really enjoyed reading it. Well, I would, wouldn't
I? I am glad you were able to deliver the book too.
We have worked very hard to keep this corner going so I hope more people now know it exists.
I would write more but you know what it is like - I have used up all my usefulness for today!
I've thought several times that Peake's later years would make a good, if somewhat harrowing, dramatisation interspersed with scenes from ghormanghast - it would be touch and go whether reality or fiction was the most gothic.
and once again thanks to Lin
Thanks for reporting that info Bogman.
Also well done to Lin xx
I think it is laughable that people who judge on creativity on PD UK,are themselves unaware of the creative corner on this site.I realise now why I never enter such aimless competitions.There is no point,especially in view of the above.Drawn out of a hat,is probably the method of choice.Was not going to bother again posting,but have had to add "control",as it makes my blood boil.