Silent Eye: Leaf and Flame – The Foliate Man

Ali crystalises the emotions in the approach to our April Workshop, Leaf and Flame….

Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!


Very soon, I shall be setting off up North for the fourth Silent Eye April Workshop/weekend of Ritual Drama and lovely fellowship. I am looking forward to it enormously.

Two years ago, I played the role of Sekhmet – and an incredibly powerful and life-changing experience it was too. My character’s imprisonment and torture at the hands of the mysterious and ambiguous cyborg, Setaxa, mirrored much that was going on in my ‘real’ life – and Sekhmet’s eventual liberation, and great-hearted forgiveness and love, gave me hope.

This year, I have been asked to take on a very different part. I will say more about the details once the weekend is over.

But what I will say is this: The drama chosen this year takes me back many, many years – to the Arthurian Cycle (a passion of mine since I was a child) and, specifically, to that fantastic, evocative…

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Thought without words

The Silent Eye


“Love you!” says my granddaughter, wearing a huge grin and blowing soggy kisses She still can’t pronounce the words quite right, nor does she really know what they mean. She only knows they always bring smiles when she says them. She has learned them from the big people who feed, cuddle and play. The ones with whom she is safe and happy. She knows they mean something to do with that… but can have no real definition of the words at one year old.

Although she is never quiet and babbles away constantly, she has, as yet, no real use of language above the few nouns and verbs with which she navigates her world. She is learning fast, having grasped this concept of verbal communication. Expression and intonation she has already acquired and we have long, involved conversations, that are still communication regardless of the fact that technically, neither of…

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