A twitterview with Craig Henderson

A twitterview with Craig Henderson

@ChloeHenderson9: @Craig_Henderson as a “head in the clouds” creative kinda guy, can I Twitterview you about language and literature in our world today?

@Craig_HendersonMy head is far above the clouds, thank you very much. But yes, ‘twould be a delight to be interviewed by your fine self.

@ChloeHenderson9: do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?

@Craig_HendersonNot fully joined twitterdom. Can only access this on work PC til I sort my Mac. Can carry on if you don’t mind slow replies

@ChloeHenderson9: of course I don’t! An easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s), and why?

@Craig_HendersonI like “tmesis”. It’s an absofuckinglutely wonderful word and so flexitastically versiwondertile.

@ChloeHenderson9: How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@Craig_HendersonThey’re of enormous importance, but try as we might, they cannot replace a face-to-face. Ideally with a pint.

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@Craig_HendersonLiteracy and literature has been around for a few milenia, while the internet is in its infancy. Ask me again in a decade.
@ChloeHenderson9: do I detect a cop-out…….?
@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of words, storytelling and all of that beauty sits in our modern world?
a few months later…..
@Craig_HendersonBugger. Are we still in the middle of a twitterview? Lost the plot a bit? Care to help me refind it?
@ChloeHenderson9: I believe I asked you where you thought the value of storytelling is in our modern world?
@Craig_HendersonStories: informative parables, imparting truths, or vicarious tales, eliciting thrills. It’s all good; always was and will.
@ChloeHenderson9: what does the word storytelling make you think of?
@Craig_HendersonMaybe it depends whose asking. I can see several trees talking in a circle, each named after a month of the year.
@ChloeHenderson9: ah, I loved that story. It’s nice to see you’ve been paying attention! *
talking of trees, do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter?
or do you like instant digital responses? I know you print out and send letters, but do you ever handwrite them?
@Craig_HendersonI hand wrote a letter recently. I would do more but my writing is ugly. Scrawled or printed a tangible letter speaks louder.
@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
@Craig_HendersonAm still in love with Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. But ask me again in 40 years. Ta for the twitterview. Loved it!
@ChloeHenderson9: thank you for the twitterview! You were fanfuckingtastic.
Thank you very much Craig for this little twitterview, although one of the most elongated twitterviews it was still beautiful and full of your awesome insights. Befriend Craig on facebook or stalk him on twitter at @Craig_Henderson
* I gave Craig Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” book for Christmas, and one of the stories is all about trees, named after months of the year, all storytelling in a circle (and I epically recommend it, because it is beautiful – not just that story but everything Neil Gaiman has written).
Chloe out.

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

 

 

@ChloeHenderson9: @tomdickins as a writer of glorious lyrics and maker of beautiful music, can I #twitterview you about literature and language?

@tomdickins: absolutely! I’ll be offline for the next halfa – then go for it!

@ChloeHenderson9: great! Give me a tweet when you’re ready my love.

….30 minutes pass….

@tomdickins: I can do it now? Do you want me to do a shout out about it? xx

@ChloeHenderson9: awesome. Yeah sure, that would be great.

@tomdickins: about to do a #twitterview with @ChloeHenderson9 ! Keep an eye on my feed!!! Xx

@ChloeHenderson9: p.s. if ya’ll miss it/can’t keep up, I will be archiving it on my blog later on :)

an easy little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@tomdickins: loquatiousness – it sounds the same way as it means. Just say it out loud… its beautiful…. and trivial ;-)

@ChloeHenderson9: ooo I love words with sss sounds. Good choice!

@tomdickins: why thank you!

also love – I have to run an errand in 20 – so any I miss I will answer as soon as I’m home! x

@ChloeHenderson9: don’t worry about it, i’ll try and keep it short and sweet :)

how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@tomdickins: I wish I read more, but I couldn’t really exist without writing on a daily basis. It’s as essential as morning coffee…

@ChloeHenderson9: as a creator, where do you think the value of storytelling is in our modern world?

@tomdickins: storytelling is our quintessential way of learning and healing. Whether written, sung or danced – stories are our medicine.

@ChloeHenderson9: aww, that was like a little story in itself.

what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter,blogging,etc.) are on our literature and our literacy?

@tomdickins: I think it’s exciting for our literature and abominable for our literacy…. (Cont’d in next tweet)

EG: Our ability to research, share and publish independently is phenomenal. Our speeeling and: grammar? sucks now.

@ChloeHenderson9: do your mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@tomdickins: I always wrote letters but never got around to posting them… which make them more like diaries in the rediscovery.

case in point:

@ChloeHenderson9: haha love it!

p.s. your sunglasses are making me jealous as I sit here in the dismal Scottish rain :(

@Rosie_Cotton: I do the same – the rediscovery of Boston/New York letters & poems today. Made me happy-sad. love.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@tomdickins: Book: A Heart Breaking Work Of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers, Poem: Everything Auden ever wrote, (cont’d)

Song: Ladder Song, Bright eyes and Tweet: everyone should follow @DeadEndFiction . Xx

Gotta run! Much love! xx

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much wonderful @tomdickins for this kick-ass little #twitterview :)

 

 

Thanks Tom for this beautiful little twitterview, as one of the best musicians and songwriters that I know of I really appreciate your insights.

Still don’t know who Tom Dickins is? Your missing out! Check him out on his website!

Thanks again Tom :)

 

 

Chloe out.

A sort of twitterview with George Archibald

A sort of twitterview with George Archibald

 

George doesn’t have a twitter account but has read my twitterviews via this blog and wanted to give me his answers to the questions.

 

“These are instinctive thoughts on the answers to the 6 questions, and apply now. They might not have applied 20 years ago. And they might be different again in 20 years time. Such is the way of life maybe but here they are now.”
what is your favourite word(s) and why?
“1. Love.
With it the world survives and prospers, without it it wont.”
how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?
“2. Very very important.”
what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?
“3. Often, maybe mostly, detrimental.
The more ways and means we find to communicate with each other, the less we seem able to communicate well, and effectively.”
how would you describe the value of storytelling in our modern world?
“4. Extremely important.”
do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?
“5. I do, yes.
I also like ‘instant’ digital response. I do both. “If it’s important enough, put it in writing” remains ever true.”
if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
“6. A song, called ‘Nature Boy’. Written by Eden Ahbez c1947, and recorded by Nat King Cole and others. It contains, in my view, the best lyric ever written. How’s that for a claim to fame?
Check it out, and see if you agree once you hear it. The lyric is “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return”.”
^ I love that song!
Thanks George for answering my questions. I really appreciate your insights and am glad that you were happy enough to respond without the confines of twitter (p.s. if you wanna answer the questions but don’t have twitter, just email me at chloehen21@aol.com or if you wanna be twitterviewed tweet me @ChloeHenderson9)
George is a member of Ragged Glory, who are a wonderful Scottish folk band. If you have never heard of them before then you should head over to their website and check them oot – it’s well worth your time, I promise :)
Looks like they have an upcoming tour date at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – GO!
Thanks again George.
Chloe out.

A twitterview with Steven Hislop

A twitterview with Steven Hislop

@ChloeHenderson9: Normally I contact ya’ll when I want to twitterview you, but if anyone wants to come to me please please tweet at me for a twitterview :)

@CandyCupcake92: Hi Chloe @THE_OAM in Marchmont would like to be twitterviewed :)

@ChloeHenderson9: Hiya, are you free for a twitterview just now,or should I come back later?

@THE_OAMAvailable today apart from between 12 and 1 if any good Chloe?

@ChloeHenderson9: how about now?

@THE_OAMPerfect!!

@ChloeHenderson9: great! an easy, little self-indulgence to start: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@THE_OAMFamily time…self-explanatory

@ChloeHenderson9: aww, that is such a beautiful way of looking at the question.

where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@THE_OAMHighly as there r 2 many serious situations happening around the world so it’s important to stay “light-hearted” so 2 speak

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?

@THE_OAMAgain highly as technology (like this) is taking over and the younger generation are missing out that importance

@ChloeHenderson9: ooo you touched on my next question! so, with your answer in mind…

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@THE_OAMWow tough questions haha. I think it has its merits but as you can see from this you can get used to shorthand ie 2, r etc

@ChloeHenderson9: on the whole, do you consider the internet a positive or negative thing in relation to our language, literature and literacy?

@THE_OAMProbably a positive in the grand scheme of things but a negative in terms of language, literature and literacy

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?

@THE_OAMI wouldn’t say I mourn it but times change&digital response is the future. Ive written letters recently but it felt strange

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?

@THE_OAM:  I genuinely don’t think I can answer that 1 but I do believe that every1 has a song that they remember for their own reason

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much for this little twitterview, it has been fantastic and your thoughts have been so useful :)

@THE_OAM:  My pleasure. I enjoyed it and there were some tough questions there.

 

Thanks again Steven for this wonderful twitterview, your insights and thoughts were greatly appreciate and deeply valued. Follow Steven on twitter at @stevenhislop or at @THE_OAM

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Vicky Featherstonehaugh

A twitterview with Vicky Featherstonehaugh

@ChloeHenderson9: Normally I contact ya’ll when I want to twitterview you, but if anyone wants to come to me please please tweet at me for a twitterview :)

@TheWoolShop1: I will, if you like :)

pants! am logged on as the shop. I’ll log on as me if you want to twitterview…. I already know my fav word ;)

@ChloeHenderson9: yeah sure that would be great :) Tweet me as yourself when you’re ready.

@vickyfsh: go!

@ChloeHenderson9: an easy, little self-indulgence to start: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@vickyfsh: aluminium because if flows & you don’t need to lift your pen… that’s about as much as I learned during chemistry!

@ChloeHenderson9: do you say it the american way (aloooominum) or the british way (alUminium)?

@vickyfsh: the british way!

@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our world today?

@vickyfsh: I think it’s very important, especially when it comes to using your imagination

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?

@vickyfsh: It’s essential. I can’t see how we’d function properly without either of them.

@ChloeHenderson9: with that in mind…

…what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@vickyfsh: I think people read less, in book form at least, but I find I write more than I have in the past through blogs & the likes

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?

@vickyfsh: Hubby & I wrote to each other loads when he was in the army (in the days before email!). I prefer quick emails now.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?

@vickyfsh: oh, that’s a hard one! Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, purely for the way in which it’s written.

@ChloeHenderson9: Thank you very much @vickyfsh for this littlw twitterview, it was beautiful :)

@vickyfsh: You’re welcome :)

 

Thanks Vicky for this wonderful little twitterview. Your insights and thoughts are greatly appreciated and inexplicably valuable. Vicky is a fantastic woolsmith and creates lots of fantastic little bits and pieces, follow her woolly adventures on the wool shop blog and follow her on twitter at @vickyfsh or at @TheWoolShop1

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Sheila Roussel

A twitterview with Sheila Roussel

@ChloeHenderson9: Hiya @SJRoussel are you ready for our little twitterview?

@SJRoussel: ok I am

@ChloeHenderson9: great! An easy little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@SJRoussel: something I’ve never really considered before but I like nostalgia and the feelings it evokes also ephemera.

@ChloeHenderson9: with nostalgia in mind, where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@SJRoussel: very important to keep history alive, especially for children to learn through storytelling.

@ChloeHenderson9: a lot of people focus on children when I mention storytelling, how important do you think storytelling is for us big kids?

@SJRoussel: I think it’s important, I enjoy the “stories” from the designer makers we have in our lectures, their own experiences etc.

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance or reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@SJRoussel: It’s part of our being. I can’t imagine life without it

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@SJRoussel: I think literacy has become much more informal, less importance on actual hand writing, spelling and grammar.

@ChloeHenderson9: would you say that is a good or a bad thing (and why)?

@SJRoussel: Not so good, not sure that different generations understand each other well.

@ChloeHenderson9: would you say that if the computer/internet didn’t exist different generations would have a better understanding of each other?

@SJRoussel: I really don’t know! I think it depends on each individual and what they are interested in.

@ChloeHenderson9: my apologies! Those questions were rather specific! But you raised some interesting points.

do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@SJRoussel: I do miss hand written letters and I have a couple of friends who write to me now and then. Text etc is so convenient!

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@SJRoussel: Apart from my son’s latest poem on love, I think I would recommend The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

@ChloeHenderson9: your son wrote a poem about love? That is so cute!

@SJRoussel: In his English class, it apears that he’s not all teenage nastiness!

@ChloeHenderson9: You should blog it, so the whole world can read it :)

@SJRoussel: Mmm not sure about letting the whole world see it maybe just a few followers.

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much for this little twitterview. It was fantastic!

@SJRoussel: No problem, my pleasure.

 

Thank you wonderful Sheila for this twitterview. As a fantastic fellow jeweller I really appreciate all your insights. If you have no idea who Sheila Roussel is, head over to her blog and find out more! Or follow her on twitter at @SJRoussel

Thank you again Sheila :)

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Jen Campbell

A twitterview with Jen Campbell

 

@aeroplanegirl: Chloe! I just realised that I haven’t done the Twitter interview. Sorry! If you want to do it now, I’m all yours.

@ChloeHenderson9: fantastic! I am on a twitterviewing roll tonight!

an easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what’s your favourite word(s) and why?

@aeroplanegirl: skeleton, circus, onomatopoeia… I’m not sure why. I just think they’re pretty.

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?

@aeroplanegirl: I think reading [and writing], if we’re going to get down to the heart of it, helps us understand life better.

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter,blogging, etc.) are on our literature and our literacy?

@aeroplanegirl: On the plus: it’s helped the promotion of books. It’s also helped us engage with writers and other readers directly.

@ChloeHenderson9: where there is a plus there is a negative?

@aeroplanegirl: The internet feeds the Amazon giant.

@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@aeroplanegirl: Storytelling will always be up there: we have a need for stories, for information, for gossip. It’s a way of communicating.

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of handwritten letters? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@aeroplanegirl: I still write letters! Lots of them. Email’s great, but nothing beats a handwritten letter.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@aeroplanegirl: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass: “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.”

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you so much for this little twitterview, it has been a delight and I really appreicate your insights :)

@aeroplanegirl: thank YOU. :) It was fun. x

 

Thank you Jen for this beautiful little twitterview. As a contemporary author I really appreciate her insights into the world of language and literature and am grateful for the sharing of her thoughts. Jen Campbell is a wonderful writer, poet, author of “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops” and bookstore owner in London. Check her out on her blog and follow her on twitter at @aeroplanegirl for witty tweets about the patrons of Ripping Yarns!

Thanks again Jen :)

 

Chloe out.