Universal Heart invitations: books, Mana, Kyoto

Dear Universal Heart Network friends A briefer email this time and much earlier than usual, in part because my web manager is about to be away – and I rely on him totally if anything unravels in this marvellous but sometimes mysterious world of social media.  Speaking of which, next Monday evening (25 June) I […]

Writing (and reading) your life

There’ve been lots of questions in the twitter and Facebook spheres in recent weeks about why writers write. My own shortest answer would be: to know more. For me, there’s no better way to understand humankind as well as ideas in greater depth – and to use the gifts of mind and spirit that are […]

On writing (and reading) Rilke

This portrait of 20th-century European poet Rainer Maria Rilke is by his friend the Expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted when both were adventurous idealists in their 20s. I have a particular fondness for it because it was when I working at The Women’s Press in London in the early 1980s that we published the first-ever monograph on Modersohn-Becker. Through that […]

Writing Rilke

This portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke was painted by his friend the Expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker when both were adventurous idealists in their 20s. I have a particular fondness for it because it was when I working at The Women’s Press in London, in the early 1980s, that we published the first-ever monograph on Modersohn-Becker. And through […]