The simplest things

by Neil Farrelly | 1 September 2017

If it’s enough for you to believe it, then follow it.

I want to write about how projects actually happen, from their initial inception, the paths they follow over a number of years and how they finish up today, early 2017. I’ve written it chronologically to make better sense of the odd, creative process for both you – the reader – and myself.

Like a lot of children I dreamed of writing a book but two things vexed me: how to fill up so many pages to make a whole book and how to decide what to write about. That bothered me for many, many years. I wrote lots of poems, painted lots of pictures, wrote some very short stories, wrote a play about political prisoners (a London reviewer accused me of knowing absolute nothing about such a subject so how could I possibly write about it!). That comment bothered me for a few years too. I nearly gave up. After college, at the height of the Thatcher years when they started burning down the Amazon rainforest in earnest, I decided to try and save the world by interviewing everyone about change. I simply walked into the studios of famous artists, knocked on the doors of personalities like Enoch Powell and Edward Booth-Clibborn, wandered into the dressing rooms of people like Peter Ustinov, Glenda Jackson and Jonathan Price, and asked them all for their views on change. After two solid years, disheartened and disillusioned, I put all the interviews and paintings and writings into a large dustbin, set fire to it and left England for Asia. For five years I licked my wounds.

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