‘Originality,’ I tell ‘em, ‘is a shibboleth. The only writer who we know for sure was original was Homer. After that, it all gets a bit fuzzy. So don’t sweat it.’
And mostly, I mean it. But I did think I’d had one reasonably original idea myself, which was to utilise the psycho-geographical derive as a tool for running a creative writing workshop.
As ever, illusions of originality fade into oblivion. In her fascinating collection of essays on what she calls schizo-cartography, m’chum Tina Richardson lays out exactly how teachers of the creative arts could use psycho-geographical techniques in their practise.
I know that I couldn’t better this. In fact, I know that next time I run my psycho-geography flavoured creative writing workshop, I’ll be nicking Tina’s ideas. Bum to me. But Hoorah for Tina; and any teachers of creativity looking for some great workshop ideas to nick.