Time flies and I want its wings! Another month has come and gone, so I’m back to share some of my favourite things from around the internet.
Since I’ve had a lot of time this month, the selection today is quite extensive. It includes a variety of podcasts, writing advice, insights into the creative business and diversity in art. Take a look and tell me about your favourites in the comments.
April has been a bit of a podcast month. It’s a great way to learn while you do other things. Press play and have a listen while you’re getting jobs done around the house, it’s the best and most productive way to multitask. My favourites so far:
- Say More by Olivia Gatwood and Melissa Lozada-Oliva. I have been following both these poets for quite a while now and enjoy their work very much. With a warning for strong language, I have enjoyed their honest conversations about life, poetry, politics, feminism and you name it. A special mention to Ep 46: The questions we hate, where they explore their creative process. I found their experience and insight a great motivation for my own work and I believe you will too.
- Have you heard George’s podcast? I have only listened to an episode or two of this one so far. Despite what I said before, I believe it’s one that needs my full concentration, so I need to find quiet time rather than having it on in the background. Spotify describes it as: “The award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast from George the Poet, delivers a fresh take on inner city life though a mix of storytelling, music and fiction.” It’s worth your time, check it out.
April is National Poetry Month (in the US?) and with many countries in lockdown I have seen a burst of creativity, writing and art all over the internet. I haven’t written a load of poetry but I have been doing quite a bit of writing in its different forms. One article I enjoyed this month in helping improve this cretaive skill was about story shape.
- Ever heard of Story shape? I hadn’t either, but when I was struggling to define my plot, this article helped me look at it from a different perspective.
WePresent: Unexpected stories about creativity.
If you’re a creative you have probably used WeTransfer to send large files. Ever since I discovered their content page, WePresent, I’ve been going back for more as often as I can. It is so good, I can’t recommend it enough. Here is a selection I’ve enjoyed this month.
- Stuff the don’t tell you: The Gift of Feedback. As creatives, one thing we can’t escape is other people’s opinions of our work and they’re not always positive. This article takes a look at client feedback.
- Career Myths. You don’t need to be an extrovert to be heard. As an introvert, I was interested to know what they had to say on the subject.
- Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. You’re expected to perform your identity. When identity, creativity and more than one country come up in, well, anything, you’ve got my interest. I loved the series Gymnasium highlighted here, since we have certain family links to gymnastics and the paintings are captivating.
- Nadia Waheed. Society as a whole views women as a means to an end. Another great article with the added topics of feminism and body image.
Every time I read articles like these last ones I realise how white and western the stories I’m surrounded by often are. I love discovering new perspectives and artists from around the globe. And I’m trying to increase the diversity of the culture I consume.
Now, over to you! What have been some of your favourites this month? Do you have any recommendations? Leave me a comment, I’m always looking for new things to read, watch and/or listen to.