I'm Elinor, and I create.

Storytelling, visual and multimedia art, poetry, song, ideas, yarn crafts, rituals, and magic: all of these creative forms help me to embody my experience in ways I can touch and feel, to mediate between my inner life and the outer environment.

All creation opens a space of liminality, possibility and risk. When we create something new — whether it’s a jumper, a cake, a painting, a storytelling performance, an altar, even a child — because it’s new and because it’s in process, there’s an element of the unknown. This brings a feeling of risk, and sometimes its reality, too. Creating is not a safe endeavour. For creation to happen, we need to be open to the risk of the unknown, to allow ourselves to be surprised.

I hope that, by sharing my creative process and what I create on this blog, I can make it a space in which we can connect with one another, with ways to be in relationship with the more-than-human world around us, and with our willingness to take risks and be surprised.

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Be the Change: 5 tips for activists from Autostraddle

Autostraddle describes itself as “an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends)”. Mainly aimed at a younger cohort, it nonetheless has resources and information relevant to all ages, as well as all genders and all orientations. At …

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Capacitar International

Capacitar International uses a hands-on approach to teach simple wellness practices around the world, for free. They are especially committed to communities affected by violence, poverty and trauma, and work towards solidarity, understanding and reconciliation. Their approach is based in popular education and community peer support, which is not only in itself empowering for communities affected …

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National Coalition-Building Institute

The National Coalition-Building Institute does extremely effective work in reducing prejudice, resolving conflict, and welcoming diversity, based in the model of co-counselling. Most of its work is in the USA, but it has chapters around the world. It works in two main ways: through training, and through supportive cohorts in localities and within organisations. Their …

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The creation of a story

On Saturday, I spent the day in Dunblane, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre Storytelling Development Day. There was a packed and thought-provoking programme, with discussion of our relationship with the stories we tell, ways to approach work with funders, community projects, and schools as storytellers,  and the relationship between oral tradition and literacy. I was put in …

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