Three months in...
... is opening lines!
Opening Lines is written from Geneva's Old Town, Switzerland. 2014.
If you're reading now, thanks as ever for taking the time to visit. I hope this blog is giving you something to think about, and if so, you're sharing your thoughts with others. Readers who know me know that squeezing writing into the margins of a 45-hour working week takes some energy, but I'd love to take a moment now to review a few things Opening Lines has brought to me these past few months, and share some exciting news.
Opening Lines goes to Milan, Italy!
Opening Lines has been asked to review
a dance festival!
The Dutch-Swiss-French music/dance collaboration started out in Durban, South Africa, in 2012 with the Flat Foot Dance Company dancing to Igor Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps, and made it's way to Arnhem, Holland in 2013 as 'Spring Tide', touring 27 venues to great critical acclaim. Now the dancing comes to Geneva, Switzerland, as Portrait Jens Van Daele. I will be reviewing their performance, Battre de fer, on Thursday 27th February. More to come on this soon.
I'm really happy to have created a space where people would like to have their work shared. Opening Lines has already given me a space to share some great stories, especially advocacy on the great work of Nepali NGO, Pourakhi in Human Trafficking: Learning to Listen, and the Pledge Peace Union, UK, for their Objecting to War project. There's more to come on both.
Starting the blog made me finally get on Twitter and connect with friends and thinkers online. This gave me the chance to reconnect with Bloomsbury's Writers & Artists, who kindly shared my writing story so far, Writing: Two Years in Geneva, with their followers.
Opening Lines gave me the platform and the courage to share my short story, The Marriage Inspector, with hundreds of readers. It has given me the opportunity to connect to other bloggers, you can read about a few of them on my Writing page and here's introducing Shoshana's pioneering My Motherfull Family.
I've had a place to get my photography together on the Photography page and share my Moon Photography, what I miss when I'm not looking, and the beauty of Iceland in Iceland and Imagination.
Last month I wrote two posts about the global rise of homophobia: Setting things straight: 2014's homophobic hangover and A Legal Update: Let's talk about sexual health?, both of which my Bath-based singer-songwriter sister, Elisabeth Patuck, tells me inspired her to write and record her stunning song, Fractured House, for people in India affected by the December 2013 criminalization of homosexuality.
Do you have a moment to listen? The song has been published at orinam.net, here.
You go, girl.
To write the song she read public letters written by people in India protesting the law. In return, they wrote to her to thank her for a song that from so far away had brought them comfort. Her song reminded me of something I saw in Berlin last year, the words written on a section of the Berlin Wall that once divided East and West Germany under oppressive communist rule. Here it is, in German and in English:
Big respect to the small people! Singing, writing, thinking, painting, working in their offices.
Here's a bit of what is coming up over the next few months:
- A look at conscientious objection in the 21st century
- Advocacy on endometriosis
- Interviews: Syrian diaspora
- Short stories: Lost Luggage, Bait
- Notes from Togo: ECOSAN, sanitation and financial independence for women in West Africa
- Notes from Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley: Rites of Passage
- What will no doubt be a glowing review of Geneva's The Vagina Monologues (starring friends and a colleague!) this March in support of the V-Day call to bring an end to violence against women.
So until the next, I'm wishing you a wonderful February and thanks again for stopping by.
Sending you light and love from Geneva!