10. Ivor Cutler: The Search for Simplicity #Write52

10. Ivor Cutler: The Search for Simplicity #Write52

Ivor Cutler, the cult poet, songwriter and children’s writer was a master of off-beat humour and eccentricity. He was once described as having the on-stage “demeanour and voice of the weariest human being ever to be cursed with existence". But it never felt contrived. And he captivated his audiences for almost 50 years with a range of works that were utterly unique.

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9. A Cloudburst of Material Possessions: A Message for Our Times? #Write52

9. A Cloudburst of Material Possessions: A Message for Our Times? #Write52

Leonardo da Vinci’s achievements as a painter often overshadow his skill in other fields. The breadth of his curiosity was simply astonishing. He was the quintessential Renaissance man: inventor, engineer, anatomist and architect. As Freud once noted, Leonardo was “like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.”

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7. Remembering Dorothy Ashby: The Hip Harpist #Write52

7.   Remembering Dorothy Ashby: The Hip Harpist #Write52

The pedal harp isn’t normally associated with jazz. A standard orchestra instrument in the music of the Romantic era, it was re-invented for jazz in the 1950s by the late, great Dorothy Ashby. One of the unsung jazz pioners, she demonstrated the harp’s potential in a lead or solo jazz context. Suddenly, it was possible to listen to bebop played on this unlikeliest of instruments.

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6. Van Gogh: The Red Vineyard at Arles #Write52

6. Van Gogh: The Red Vineyard at Arles #Write52

Vincent Van Gogh’s art has often been viewed through the prism of his turbulent personal life. He experienced recurrent bouts of mental illness and may have been suffering from bipolar disorder. He committed suicide at the age of 37. But this interpretation demeans him as an individual by reducing him to his illness. It also misrepresents the power of his work. Van Gogh was an outstanding painter, who changed the direction of modern art.  

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5. Remembering the Moon Landing #Write52

5. Remembering the Moon Landing #Write52

The first moon landing took place on 20 July 1969. The 50th anniversary of this incredible achievement has rightly been an opportunity to celebrate the skill and heroism of the two astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who planted the first human footprints on the Moon’s surface. We can also marvel at the massive technical effort required by the NASA team to get them there, and back, safely.

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4. Attica Blues: The Power of Music #Write52

4. Attica Blues: The Power of Music #Write52

In September 1971, the bloodiest prison riot that the United States has ever experienced took place at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. Archie Shepp, one of the great American jazz saxophonists, was outraged by its brutal suppression. He quickly went on to record Attica Blues, one of his finest albums, in January 1972.

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The Evolution of Communication in the Charity Sector

The Evolution of Communication in the Charity Sector

Charities play a vital role in society. They make a difference to millions of lives in the UK and the wider world. If you run a charity, you’ll know this. But you’ll also know that you can only make the difference you do because of the money you raise, the work your volunteers do and the campaigns you organise. This means that telling people about your work is essential if you want to inspire them to make a donation, join your band of volunteers and spread the word.

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Why a Sense of Curiosity Is Important for Copywriters

Why a Sense of Curiosity Is Important for Copywriters

Samuel Johnson, the 18th century writer and lexicographer, described curiosity as the 'thirst of the soul'. He recognised it as a key component of a ‘vigorous intellect’. Unsurprisingly, while there are no hard and fast rules as to what makes a good copywriter, many would regard curiosity as an essential requirement. But what is curiosity exactly?

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