1st Edition

Conversations on Creative Process, Methods, Research and Practice Feminist Approaches to Nurturing the Creative Self

Edited By Christina Reading, Jess Moriarty Copyright 2024
    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Conversations on Creative Process, Methods, Research and Practice provides unique insights into the experiences of eight established creative practitioners who use their creative process in a professional and personal context. Each of them details their creative processes and how being creative has helped them to achieve a fulfilling work/life balance.

    Interviewees discuss how their creativity has helped them to overcome challenges or difficulties they have faced in their lives including grief, health issues, prejudice, divorce, maternity and creative blocks. This book uses original material – research and interviews – to explore the nature of the creative process from the perspective of understanding the activities, thoughts and feelings that shape an individual artist’s creative practice and how this might inform a wider collective understanding of creativity and how it can help us to live well. The book suggests that individual creative practice is a means of coming to know the self and your place in the world a little better and perhaps a little differently.

    This innovative book is suitable for students, scholars and practitioners using creative and arts-based research and methods in a wide range of disciplines and subjects including the social sciences, education, creative writing and communication and media studies.

    1. The Science of Creativity: A Conversation with Anna Abraham  What Is Creativity? A Response to Anna Abraham  2. Real and Imagined Explorations of Self: A Conversation with Katarina Ranković  Creative Inspiration: Looking Back to Move Forward: A Response to Katarina Ranković  3. Taking Charge of What You Can Take Charge Of: A Conversation with Sonia Overall  Creative Conversations as a Way of Re-establishing Academic Joy: An Autoethnography: A Response to Sonia Overall  4. Desiring a Fulfilled Creative Life: A Conversation with Irene Marot  Creativity, Myth, and Memory: A Response to Irene Marot  5. Creating Space, Time and Magic Moments: A Conversation with Grizelda  Creative Change: A Response to Grizelda  6. Connected Creativity: A Conversation with Thomasina Gibson  Supporting Our Creativity: A Response to Thomasina Gibson  7. Making Your Creative Life Work and Making Work Your Creative Life: A Conversation with Lisa Norman  Creative Futures: A Response to Lisa Norman with Megan Bell


    Christina Reading is an independent artist and writer who lives and works in Brighton. She studied at Central St Martins School of Institute of Art & Design, London, The University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, and The University of Brighton, UK.

    Jess Moriarty is a Principal Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, UK, where she leads the Creative Writing MA and is Co-director of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing. Jess is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has published extensively on autoethnography and creative writing pedagogy.