Creatabot

Creatabot is a project that connects, promotes and supports creativity. Based in Medway, UK. Additional projects include CreataboX and Urban Medway.

Cybermen and Clay: objects and emotions by Jane Ayres

  We invest objects with emotional significance.  Although they are simply things, they can represent something that connects us to a person or a time in the past.  I have … Continue reading

11/10/2013 · Leave a comment

We are stories by Jane Ayres

The concept of stories, storytelling and narrative fascinates me and is a constant source of discovery.  I’ve also explored the idea of writing as therapy for depression and grief.  In … Continue reading

28/09/2013 · 1 Comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 2 by Jane Ayres

Photo by Roger Hyland How do you see the world? Is it ugly, beautiful, evil, good, exciting, depressing? A mixture?  None of these?  The mind’s eye is a strange expression. … Continue reading

21/08/2013 · Leave a comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 1 by Jane Ayres

If I admire a writer, it will be for two reasons.  Firstly, their vision and the ideas expressed and explored.  I came to sci-fi late in life but I am … Continue reading

13/08/2013 · 3 Comments

The Value Triangle and measuring the value of culture by Jane Ayres

The Big Cheese  (Photo by Jane Ayres) Earlier in the month I attended a conference about using the arts to regenerate East Kent coastal towns, a topic dear to my … Continue reading

29/07/2013 · Leave a comment

“Twenty dollars worth of art, please.” By Jane Ayres

Growing up in the 60s and 70s it was a treat after school to stop by the corner shop and buy a penny’s worth of sweets.  Lemon bonbons were my … Continue reading

12/05/2013 · 3 Comments

Every picture tells a story and every story paints a picture – by Jane Ayres

We are drawn to images (excuse the pun!). People respond more readily to images than words.  They have a more immediate impact on the emotions.  They transcend language and literacy. … Continue reading

15/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Writing, therapy and positive outcomes by Jane Ayres

When I was younger, writing poetry which described and explored my state of mind during major depression may have saved me from a nervous breakdown.  Artists and writers can, and … Continue reading

16/01/2013 · 5 Comments

Play, dream, write by Jane Ayres

On the bus to Tunbridge Wells today I became aware of a dad with his toddler sitting at the front of the upper deck, both father and son playing at … Continue reading

21/12/2012 · 3 Comments

For the journey by Jane Ayres

So many great stories are about literal or spiritual journeys, in which the protagonist is changed by the process, whether she has experienced incredible dramatic adventures or pursued more reflective … Continue reading

09/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Rewriting, Editing and Patchwork Quilts by Jane Ayres

Writing is hard.  Creating something from nothing, from the recesses of your imagination, can sometimes feel a bit like pulling teeth.  Your own.  But when you’ve overcome that painful first … Continue reading

22/11/2012 · 2 Comments

The Art of Wish Fulfilment by Jane Ayres

When I was a child, I longed to have my own horse.  This was destined never to happen, because apart from living in an urban area, my parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading

05/11/2012 · 5 Comments

Garrets and Gatekeepers by Jane Ayres

More than 30 years ago I wrote an article for the now defunct Composer magazine called Starving in Garrets.  It was all about how painfully difficult it was for composers … Continue reading

01/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Writing in a Cupboard – by Jane Ayres

A dear friend recently reminded me that I once wrote in a cupboard. In a previous home I rented, space was very limited but the bedroom had a large walk-in … Continue reading

20/10/2012 · 2 Comments

Writing for Charity – by Jane Ayres

“As a creative I can speak for most of us and say that often our motive is not money, it is to make a difference in the world.” Natasha Steer … Continue reading

08/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Page Fright – by Jane Ayres

Empty space. Empty place. A blank page on a blank screen. Fear of the unknown.  Is that what is so daunting about writing those first few words?  Why is that … Continue reading

06/09/2012 · 6 Comments

An ebook is for life…..by Jane Ayres

In a previous post I quoted author Jonathan Franzen, and do so again as his views are thought provoking. Regarded as one of America’s greatest living novelists, he is not … Continue reading

09/08/2012 · 3 Comments

Stories we tell ourselves – by Jane Ayres

Writers think instinctively in terms of narrative, of story.  It’s how we make sense of the world.  The brain, our computer, processes what we see, feel, hear and looks for … Continue reading

19/07/2012 · 1 Comment

Tick Tock – By Jane Ayres

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted.” This quote, attributed to John Lennon, will resonate with many creatives, especially writers. For some, myself included, writing seems to lend itself to … Continue reading

10/07/2012 · Leave a comment
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