Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twenty minutes at the time

Learning, exploring, growing, twenty minutes at the time...

After a time of really doubting how I could possibly go further within the experience of worsening symptoms,  I had to peek into my bag of tricks again...  staying within my limits even if this seemed very, very tight.  Re-adjusting.  Again. Finding new ways.  Asking for more help.
It took a very long time to reach that point of acceptance again. I got there.

"Twenty Minute Bird" 44x30x20cm
 Corina Duyn 2014
During this time I started working on a bird sculpture. A freedom bird.  20 minutes at the time. It took me five months, but here she is. For now she is called my "Twenty minute Bird".  I am open to suggestions of a better title!
"Twenty Minute Bird"- detail Corina Duyn 2014

"Twenty minute bird" is available for €295, but with the understanding that the sculpture is available for the exhibition and book launches in September 2015
To reserve it, please email me

During the past few months I also kept trying to find ways to do my writing within the given limits. To be honest had given up on my book project about a month ago. I just couldn't do it.  The amount of work scared me.
I went back to Dechen Shying. Remember the place of extraordinary beauty and generosity?
After almost deciding not to travel, I was encouraged by Dechen Shying staff and friends to go. 
I did go, and so glad I did!
Dechen shying- from Room 4. Watching the ever changing light.
Again I found peace with my state of being.
Met some wonderful people.
Slept a lot. Rested even more, wrapped in a blanket, sitting in my beloved recliner chair in the conservatory, doors open, overlooking the ever-changing light over the sea.
And... to my great  relief,  I found a way to do my writing again.  Partially inspired by the people I met, and their reactions to my books and art; partly by the Prayer flags over to courtyard near the Shrine Room; partly as a reaction to a sculpture I had started (more about that some other time) but also because I was at ease with myself at this wonderful place in West Cork.

Thank you all who made this happen!
My deepest gratitude to you all! 

Prayer Flags over the courtyard by the Shrine Room
at Dzogchen Beara

I won't tell you as yet what the book is going to look like, but I am very excited and I am working on it most days, 20 minutes at a time.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bounce! Arts Festival in Belfast

I won't be able to go to the Bounce! Arts Festival, but if you get there I so love to hear!!
from ADF/Bounce! "One of us will die"
What happens when a British comedian and an Australian actress fall in love,
get married and combine their skills and sharp wit?

The following information supplied by Arts and Disability Forum:

The Bounce! Arts Festival Weekender is the Arts & Disability Forum’s annual arts festival showcasing outstanding work by professional writers, directors, actors, dancers and musicians, all of whom are disabled and deaf.
Look out for new theatre work showcasing phenomenally talented artists, starting with a dynamic physical theatre performance from local company Blue Chevy called @Shadow Dancing with My Spirit’ (Thursday 28thAugust); intimate stories about disability and body image in ‘If These Spasms could Speak’ from Robert Softley (Friday, 29th August); ‘One of Us Will Die’ a bold stand-up show from Gareth Berliner and Kiruna Stamell (Saturday, 30th August); and a poignant and humorous encounter with Alzheimer’s in ‘Let Me Stay’ from Julie McNamara (Saturday 31st August).
There’s music from RoI singer-songwriter, Dylan Tighe (Friday 29th August) and local singer-songwriter Jim McClean (Sunday 31st August). Plus two family-friendly matinees, ‘Cirque de Ghoules’ (Saturday 30th August) and ‘Pirate & Parrot’ (Sunday 31st August).
Telling personal stories is a running theme throughout the festival and Tenx5 (Friday 31st August) will extend this by sharing true-life, ten minute stories from five ordinary people around a common theme of ‘Welcome’.
Also on offer are workshops in a range of areas - from Dirty Amp electronic sound, to a theatre masterclass with Robert Softley, a chance to learn circus skills with Streetwise Community Circus and a short-form poetry session, ‘Think Small’ with Colin Dardis..
Bounce! is about resilience and bouncing back in hard times. The festival will suit anyone with an open mind, an appreciation of artistic talent and a sense of humour. Expect new experiences and new stories with an edge of frisson.

Click on Bounce! for full program details

For tickets: 
Buy online at
Tel 028 9038 1081

For more detailed information:
Tel 028 9023 9450

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Beasts of Lismore, and other creative events

Some of the artistic events happening in Lismore this month:

I had the pleasure of meeting the artist Nicky Deeley recently in my home and studio. Nicky created an immersive experiential event involving the history, architecture, public spaces, and inhabitants of the village of Lismore. 
'The Beasts of Lismore' follows whispers of narrative trails and takes the audience on a mythical ramble through castles, follies, unfinished bridges, bottomless lakes,  mossy corners and windswept crags to find proof of the beasts existence... 
Follow the Beasts of Lismore's tracks with the self guided tour starting at St. Carthage Hall behind the Lismore Heritage Centre. Many locals, adults and children were involved in this project.
One of the "Beasts" is standing proud in my window for the duration of the event
Another creative event for the month of August is the Lismore Craft Collective a partnership between creative artisans with property owners who had vacant spaces for use. LISMORE CRAFT COLLECTIVE is the first iteration of this partnership and the first step in the Main Street Regeneration Initiative to bring life back to the heart of the town for locals and visitors alike.
The collective is made up five creative artisans from the region, JOAN CASEY – Mosaic & Felt Making, LEN CANTON – Leatherwork, JANE JERMYN – Ceramics, MORITZ SCHURMANN – Jewellery Design, and EUGENE YOUNG – Iona Crystal, each of whom will be displaying and selling their work, some which will be made while in residency. 

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