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Sue Reid Sexton has written some of her books in a tiny campervan. She drives to remote spaces to be alone, and to focus on her writing. That said, she is no stranger to fear. In her book, 'Writing on the Road: Campervan Love and the Joy of Solitude', Sue discusses throughout her book: how to challenge yourself, how to cope with fear and isolation, and how to manage anxiety, among other things.
'In my view, and assuming you are not campervanning through a war zone, a modicum of fear can be helpful to the creative process'. Sue describes how she has a van and spends time alone to 'make my inner life and my creative process as alive as possible.'
But it is important to control the fear. She explains the many times she has felt fear, and the years of dealing with it. She also discusses how it is one of the most basic human emotions that we all feel, and the techniques she uses to get on top of it. Sometimes she phones a friend. On other occasions she has got out of the van, and looked instead at the vast night sky, and felt more at one with the universe. And at other times, in the wilds of Scotland, she has dealt with her fear by pinning together the frail curtains in her campervan, shut out the dark and odd noises, and put her sleeping bag over her head. As you do.
From starting to write a book, to finishing one, from spending time enjoying a cup of tea and reflecting that all things pass, Sue is now expert on spending time in a small space and making the best of it.
‘Writing on the Road’ has many five-star reviews and is described as 'an honest and moving story' that 'shows you how to try your hand at writing, or just become a little more reflective and mindful. It's both well written and easy to read.'
Sue recommends many books that have helped her understand her fears, and she also brings new ideas and perspective to how she deals with her old and new fears. Sometimes she changes route or takes steps to contain her feeling of vulnerability. Some people like being scared and a little bit of fear, like a little bit of stress, keeps us moving. A bit like Alain de Botton, the British-Swiss philosopher, who says it is important for this time, right now, to discuss our fear and our vulnerability. It is more important to connect, perhaps, than to boast about well we are coping (especially when we are not) if we wish to make and keep our friends.
Sue gives advice on how to channel any time you spend alone into creative time. Sue's book, 'Writing on the Road' (ISBN 9781849343831) is £8.99 and recommended reading.
And note please, right now, daily, through her Instagram account, Sue is offering help in a meditative short session.
This week (25/02/20) French fashion magazine “Letiquette” ran a feature on Edouard Baribeaud. Baribeaud is a French fashion designer. He lives in Berlin at the moment. He has already designed accessories for brand Hermès. Now he is about to create a range for Drakes, the French fashion house.
Letiquette asked : what does such a designer carry in his pockets? We are delighted to see he carries a Waverley tartan Macmillan notebook among his lovely Irish Aran wool hat, gloves, Tic-tacs and an African wrist bracelet. (Picture below)
We have appeared in some magazine features before and lots on Instagram and Facebook, but we are delighted to have got to this point, in February 2020.
We wanted to say a big thank you to all of you, our customers and to Kinloch Anderson, for your support and for buying our products. And we are very excited to see that someone who creates such special things, jots ideas down in his Waverley notebook! Time to get creative…
We will exhibit at the London Book Fair at UP2A89 Tuesday 10 March – Thursday 12 March at London Olympia. Please come to see us and our new things.
Edouard Baribeaud’s website is here: https://edbaribeaud.com/
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SCOTLAND'S TRADE FAIR - 19/21 JANUARY 2020 - STAND D30 - Auld Lang Syne!
This will be the fifth time Waverley exhibits at this show. We have worked hard and recognised our customers' need for high-quality Scottish products. We are launching 4 new song-themed notebooks specially designed for the Scottish market. We will be exhibiting at the show to provide support and a meeting place for our Scottish customers to see these exciting new releases for 2020. We will have additions to our range in the summer.
SPRING FAIR BIRMINGHAM - 2/6 FEBRUARY 2020 - HALL 2 STAND 2D30
The Largest Trade Show of the Year, spanning over 19 Halls at the NEC in Birmingham. We'll be releasing fantastic new 2020 Everyday and Christmas designs for Retailers Export distributors to see in the flesh, for the first time.
March 2020 London Book Fair 10 - 12 March 2020
We will exhibit again at the London Book Fair to meet our customers and friends and to show our books, Scottish books and gifts.
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland
This summer the National Museum of Scotland presents a new exhibition examining how "the cultural traditions of the highlands had become fixed as a representation of wider Scottish identity and shows how this romanticised ideal of Scotland was not purely invention, as cultural traditions were preserved, idealised and reshaped to suit contemporary tastes against a background of political agendas, economic and social change from the end of the Jacobite challenges to the reign of Queen Victoria."
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland is supported by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers and runs from 26 June to 10 November.