Monthly Archives: May 2019

Your Life as a Writer

Over at Bancroft Manor residents are being encouraged to examine their writing life and compile autobiographies of themselves as writers. They have been provided with penetrating questions to help them undertake this process. Perhaps joining us at Bancroft Manor will help you commit to the creative process of writing and making art. Check out the FAQ page for details about how to join and establish a ‘room of your own’ in this old manor house.

Letting go

When asked to contemplate the notion of the forces which impact on characters creative habitats this resident of Bancroft explores the concept!

Almurta's Journal

Metaphorically Almurta hung upside down from a branch on the ash tree for more than a week.  It was odd and unsettling.   First it felt like all the random bits and pieces and extraneous detail she had clung to and called important fell away.   It was like shaking out all the crumpled shopping lists and bus tickets that get crammed into the deep pockets of an old, well worn overcoat.

That bit wasn’t so bad though she was dismayed to see just how much of it wasn’t even hers – other people’s ideas, fears induced by too much media consumption, old behaviours imposed by society etc. It was uncomfortable to see how much she’d taken on from outside sources but it was also kind of impersonal.

It was what happened next that got unpleasant.   As her body relaxed her mind began to empty out.  It was a hard thing to…

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Creative Habitat

“Every creature on earth returns to home. It is ironic that we have made wildlife refuges for ibis, pelican, egret, wolf, crane, deer, mouse, moose and bear but not for ourselves in the places where we live. We understand that the loss of habitat is the most disastrous event that can occur to a free creature. We fervently point out how other creatures’ natural territories have become surrounded by cities, ranches, highways, noise, and other dissonance, as though we are not surrounded by the same, as though we are not affected also.” (from Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sophie Thomson believes gardens should provide habitat to all the creatures that live there, including birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, frogs, lizards, micro bats and most importantly, human creatures of all ages and sizes (we call these our family and friends). For productive gardens where fruits and vegies are grown, chooks can be kept as a way to manage food scraps and insect pests, while providing us with amazing eggs. She says that sometimes wildlife will come and build their own habitat as long as we create a safe, organic environment,but that we may need to provide the basic ingredients so that these creatures do move in.

What does your ideal creative habitat look like? For me, Bancroft Manor and the estate it lies within is a creative habitat! I wonder what it would look like when mapped like this? If you are interested in helping to create a habitat for ‘endangered creatives’ you can join me on the Bancroft Estate. Check out the FAQ page for details.

Reference: Sophie Thomson’s Patch Royal Adelaide Show

About Bancroft Manor

 

The Bancroft Estate is in a parallel universe! It is a place where creative people can take refuge and tone up their creative spirit. Aside from the Manor house where residents can claim a space or spend time with a character they are working with, the Bancroft Estate has a number of other buildings and expansive grounds where residents can work.

Some residents at Bancroft have helped to create a visual impression of how they perceive this world.

How far would you go to save someone you care about?

How far would you run or fly or crawl to save somebody else?

How far would you go to save yourself?

Have you ever tried, was it worth it? Did it matter at all?

We all come from somewhere and I suppose in the end we all end up in the same place with the same question in our eyes and frozen on our lips. Read More

A Journey to Bancroft Begins

I’ve been lost in a vast desert, burnt by the sun, scratched by cactus and sagebrush, thirsty and exhausted. The days have blended together, and I know far too much time has passed, but I just don’t remember how to get back. I know I learned some important things long ago, things that gleamed like gold in a dark mine, but the memory of how to find those things has fled. I am bereft, lost and alone.

Now, a path appears out of nowhere, and somehow it seems familiar. I follow it, and the desert begins to fade into the prairie, long and rolling, golden under the sun. The prairie leads to hills with green trees on them, and as I crest the top of the nearest one, I see forests and streams. Running now, I follow the path into the forest, and the cool shade caresses my burnt skin gently. I wade through a stream and the water soothes the scratches on my feet and legs. I feel my taut nerves start to unwind, and I take a deep breath of the clear air.

The path leads up to a gate, and I find I have a key. I slip inside to a garden, and a man made of butterflies bows to me, gesturing to a large building I have not seen before, but recognize as my haven. I sigh with relief. I am safe. I am here. Source: SheWolf’s New Journey

Some residents choose to participate in the online Writing for Wellness course that is available at the Manor.

For many residents, Bancroft is simply a place to come to work and share within a creative collective.

If you choose to join the collective you will have access to regularly updated material and can choose how you will work. 

You May Have Cause to Speculate

This is unlikely to generate the kind of speculation surrounding each upcoming episode of the final season of Game of Throne but you may have cause to wonder what any of these items have to do with the Drilling Down – Writing for Wellness course which kicks off tonight! Members of Bancroft Manor will have access to the activities as a part of the online version of this Writing for Wellness course. For more information about how to join check out the FAQ page here.