Saturday 30 May 2020

Please look at the Page for September 26th to find further information about this event.

SECRET DESTINATIONS
Curated by ANN PRESTON with Verona Bass and Eileen Cameron

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Here are the images which Ann mentions in her call for contributions below.

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Giardino Giusti

SECRET DESTINATIONS
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Charles Causley borrowed the title Secret Destinations for a collection of late poetry from this quotation from Martin Buber. The poems explore the theme in a variety of different ways. As well as the obvious subjects of travel and journeys, there are poems about spiritual and poetic development and relationships. In your own writing about secret destinations you may wish to follow some of these routes but please feel free to explore the topic in any way you choose. You might prefer to substitute ‘hidden’ or ‘strange’ for ‘secret’.

I have chosen a very broad subject in the hope that it will speak to each of you as individuals and encourage you to submit work. Because the topic is so general it is bound to overlap with subjects that have already featured in previous meetups. I am thinking, for instance, of moving accounts of the death of loved ones and extracts from travel journals. Perhaps you might want to write about your own journeys as poets, novelists, artists, musicians, photographers or gardeners or to try your hand at describing the processes involved in any creative role. Taking a lead from Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken you might think about crucial decisions or new directions you have taken in life. Alternatively you might want to consider personal relationships as journeys with secret destinations. That might have a special resonance in the present climate of isolation and distancing.
Please email me with suggestions of what you might contribute to this set. With two topics to get through, the afternoon programme is obviously going to be tightly scheduled so please would you limit your submissions to no more than ten minutes’ reading time.
Finally, I want to set you a challenge that involves responding to images. This will follow the same pattern as the work we did on Jude Wisdom’s pictures last year. I have chosen six images to suggest various kinds of Secret Destinations and they will feature on the September Day page of the blog. You may respond to any number of them either in prose or poetry but each piece must be no more than 200 words long. All I need to know is which images to want to write to. As the offers come in I will keep them posted so you can see what other people are working on.

Ann Preston

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Charles Causley