Thoughts on getting lost.

A steady number of applications are beginning to arrive in for The Pale Project Workshops.  I’m already excited by the wide range of territories proposed and the variety of approaches taken.

In A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit mulls over a quotation from Plato, put to her by one of her students:

“How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you?”

Her answer, in part, is to try and get lost, not just in the wide expanses where the blue horizon seems unaccountably distant, but to try and get lost in known territories.

“Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing.”

These initial applications all share a thirst for learning the truth of estrangement from every-day observations.  I really look forward to working with The Pale Project’s participants and explorers on putting together their field guides to the known, and lesser-known, territories of Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown.

Workshops are on Wednesdays, 6 – 7.30 pm in the dlr LexIcon, starting 30th September.

Deadline for applications is the 21st September 2015. All queries to dlrcocowriter@gmail.com

Rebecca Solnit reflects on “memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, and explores the challenges of living with uncertainty.” Penguin, 2005.

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