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Emily Dodd - An article about creative Connections on Colonsay
I spent a week on the Island of Colonsay on a SpeyGrian creative connections course and met two of what I'd consider to be, the most brilliant people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. Kenny Taylor and Gerry Cambridge.
Why did they make such an impression on me? I think it's because they enjoyed being themselves. They were enthusiastic about the outdoors and nature, writing, drinking single malts, they played instruments, they had an passion for life that was fun and infectious.
For the first time I started to feel totally at home in who I was too. They encouraged me to be myself and even liked my puffin poem (Kenny turned out to be a world expert on puffin behaviour as well as writing scripts for David Attenborough, how cool is that?).
These people were alive and in their element. Being creative and geeky can be lonely at times. You can feel alone in your own head even if you do have wonderful friends. There's nothing more freeing that enjoying the unique person you were created to be and in the process, you never know who you might help to bring freedom to along the way. Here's my poem in salute of Kenny and Gerry (and with many references to the trip).
Ode to Kenny and Gerry
Like a corncrake
Like a dragonfly,
(Kenny and Gerry)
Like an 18 year old Glenfiddich, unexpectedly sweet
Like a stuffed bison head, you're sturdy and sure
And when you're together , it's familiar and fun