Theatre and book reviews by Janice Dempsey
Here is a poem based on the prompt for Day 2: a poem based on a myth from a culture other than Greek or Roman: I chose the story of the death of Baldr (or Baldur) the Beautiful, the Norse god of goodness, by Loki the god of mischief, using a sprig of magic mistletoe (since Frigg, Baldr's mother, had made everything else in nature swear never to harm her son.) Baldr's blind brother was involved in Baldr's murder and was punished for it, though he had not known what he was doing. Here's a link to a rather jokey account of the Norse myth and below, my equally jokey poem on the subject. The poem works best if read in rather a sing-song Norse voice.
Last week the taster exhibition for the Surrey Open Studios opened at the Lewis Elton Gallery on Surrey Universitiy's campus in Guildford. I'm showing two pieces: my five - section painting now called "Looking up" and my most recent lozenge - shaped painting, "Pugin Chimneys at Albury". The exhibition is on until 24th May, and it's free to enter.