Hi, my name is Charles and I have Too Much Stuff. Too many books, too many CDs, too many DVDs … you name ’em, I have piles of ’em. Great big tottering towers of ’em, to be precise. Unfortunately, there is no longer enough space in my bijou residence to accommodate said Tottering Towers, and my study resembles a cross between the aftermath of an explosion in a head-shop and a Turner Prize-winning installation on the subject of compulsive hoarding.
Soooo … the ultimate solution has been devised. To wit: flogging off a bunch of the surplus, plus other oddage and soddage, at 11am this coming Sunday (that’s December 8) via a stall at the West Hampstead Community Market, held in the forecourt of West Hampstead Thameslink Station, on West End Lane opposite Costa Coffee. If you want to solve a few of those ticklish Xmas-prezzie dilemmae, stick some of that folding stuff into your wallet, set your GPS for ‘NW6 2LJ’ and c’mon along.
I’ll be there (along with a couple of lovely accomplices) to say hey and maybe even bend your shell-like on assorted topics, includng the spring 2014 Hothouse Project course in Journalism As Craft And Art. (If you can’t find anything you like on the stall, you could always buy your Loved One – or even yourself – a place on the course.)
Last Thursday marked the end of the Winter 2013 sessions of The Hothouse Project. my writing course in Journalism As Craft And Art, held on Thursday nights in leafy/arty West Hampstead. We had another excellent bunch of students this time around, and their enthusiasm and hard work made it a real pleasure to teach. We had guest contributions from Paul Anderson (on the view from the Subs’ Desk) and Anna ‘Madam Miaow’ Chen (on the ins, outs and sidewayses of the blogosphere) and a thoroughly enlightening good time was had by all …
So we’re doing it again next February, once more aided, abetted and sponsored by the good folks at Storm Books and Aaaargh! Press. The Spring 2014 Hothouse Project course is now officially open for business, and I’m looking forward to passing on whatever it is I’ve learned during four-and-a-bit decades at the cultural coalface to a fresh bunch of people who love to write and want to learn how to do it just that little bit better.
We’ll soon be adding a selection of the best work from the Winter 2013 Hothouse Project students, which you’ll be able to find on the Storm Books site, so watch for the announcement of that coming any day now.
So: thanks to all the students who did the last course … and eagerly awaiting to the opportunity to work with next bunch … hopefully including YOU.
Anna, CSM and Paul Anderson recuperate from a Hothouse session outside a recommended local hostelry
Just to celebrate tonight’s kick-off of the latest edition of my Hothouse Project course in Journalism As Craft And Art and the inauguration of our new Facebook page, here’s our stirring new manifesto:
Charles Shaar Murray’s “Journalism as Craft and Art” writing course is the basis of our alternative education group, The Hothouse Project, featuring the best of the ideals and artistic values of classic counter-culture. We share rigorous, hard-headed journalistic craft, to bring literary quality into even the most mundane journalistic tasks, and offer an inspiring alternative to the flatlining culture, showing you how to inject style and subversion into a timid, conformist media landscape. We’ll skill you up, sharpen your claws, broaden your bandwith and widescreen your horizons.