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Solar Trajectories
Pin-hole images by Maryjane Orley & Martin Purvis.

A series of pin-hole photographs created over 6 and 12 month periods (solstice to solstice) in 2017 and 2018.  Made in empty beer cans placed around the site of old Northbrook Nursery in the north of Guernsey, the images trace the movement of the sun across the skyline.

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Maryjane Orley is an interdisciplinary artist whose work involves drawing, print-making, conceptual sculpture, and installation. Over the last eight years, she has been exploring ways of defining and realising notions of emptiness and erosion and their potential for regeneration.

Reading Writing Quarterly celebrates reading and writing as situated practices, releasing a special pair of seasonal reviews four times a year.

Each solstice and equinox I invite writers to swap recently completed written works and to provide each other with a situated ‘review’. This can involve raising a shared issue/concern, connecting out to another work/text/set of ideas, and/or producing a creative response to an aspect of the writing which might be fictional, prose, visual, sonic, filmic … My hope is that the act of exchange can open up ways of ‘reading writing’ differently, generating multiple modes of engagement with words, and exploring the practice of ‘reviewing’ from a situated perspective, one that critiques and experiments with the genre of the ‘critical review essay’.

For the inaugural winter solstice 2019, Mona Livholts reads Hélène Frichot and Hélène Frichot reads Mona Livholts.

For the spring equinox 2020, Katja Hilevaara & Emily Orley read Mohamad Hafeda and Mohamad Hafeda (reads Katja Hilevaara & Emily Orley).

And for 21 June 2020, Marko Jobst, Hélène Frichot, Klaske Havik & Catharina Gabrielsson read Sense in Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body and Caroline Rabourdin & Matthew Chrislip read Reading(s) and Writing(s), Unfolding Processes of Transversal Writing.

Already we have seen how readers’ experiences of recent situations – local, such as the university strikes in the UK of 2019-20, and global, like the COVID19 pandemic – have shared writings made out of intimate and located readings.

If you have a written work that you’ve recently completed, and someone you’d like to read it, please get in touch – j.rendell@ucl.ac.uk



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