I asked respected writer Dulcie Stone about her latest book’s launch. Aspects of Creativity was launched with over eighty people in attendance as a fundraiser for the Red Cross who catered the event.
The lovely thing was Dulcie’s friend Nathan Currie was asked to launch the book. You can read about Nathan in Aspects of Creativity’s chapter about Young Creators. Unaware he was going to launch the book until he had sat his VCE exams (at the age of 18) he did a terrific job.
Nathan was school captain and has been in the local and state news for taking a stand against street violence. He is a charismatic and inspirational young man. Dulcie first ‘facilitated’ his writing at primary school when he was 10 years old and in Grade 4.
An article published in the Australian Writer newsletter (March) called Nathan’s Story by Dulcie explains the young man and how creativity works.
The launch was a fabulous success and the audience and family members were thrilled. I find it amazing how humble Dulcie is by giving me information about the launcher of her book and not herself, the author.
So, I’ll fill you in. Dulcie is an acclaimed author, educator and campaigner for people with disabilities. She has been awarded an MBE for services to the handicapped (1981), was selected International Woman of the Year in 1996/97, was included in the Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century Selection, and with her late husband received an Apostolic Blessing in 1989. I’d say a pretty fabulous woman – wouldn’t you?
Aspects of Creativity blurb:
Do the influential visionaries, pragmatists and balance strikers comprehend the fundamental nature of creativity?
Do they comprehend that ‘the creative impulse has the potential for not only positive, but also negative, expression?
Would they, if having taken an infinitesimal dip into this deep and limitless ocean, better appreciate that creativity can bring into being both ecstatic dreams and horrific nightmares?
If both influential and grassroots people were to become convinced that somehow we have to change the way we do things, and that change is in fact imperative, how would they go about it?