Ione’s Dream Festival: Dreaming as a Musical Practice

The SpeakEasy dames are hosting Ione’s Dream Festival this week: check it out on Facebook. Today’s entry by Lys Guillorn, singer-songwriter and all around great gal, can be found at her website. Here’s a taste: I trust my dreams to reveal aspects of reality that I can’t access in waking life. The shuffle of influences,…

Ione’s Dream Festival: Rebirth of the Beast

The SpeakEasy dames are hosting Ione’s Dream Festival this week: check it out on Facebook. Here’s today’s entry by Sturm Hawke: Rebirth of the Beast  It awoke with a start. Light streaming into familiar and yet unfamiliar surroundings. It knew this place, and yet it seemed… different. Reflexively, it curled up for protection, and comfortingly felt…

Ione’s Dream Festival: Hypnosis

The SpeakEasy dames are hosting Ione’s Dream Festival this week: check it out on Facebook. Here’s today’s entry by Adele Wearing, the feral leader of Fox Spirit Books. I love hypnosis. Like really love it. It’s about the only way I have to relax without being fast asleep. I mean ok I do occasionally fall…

Ione’s Dream Festival & The SpeakEasy

The SpeakEasy dames are guest hosting this week of Ione’s Dream Festival. We hope to spark ideas and discussions around dreams and the power they have in our lives. To kick things off, I offer this meditation for thinking and listening in honour of Ione’s late partner, the wonderful Pauline Oliveros, because I conceived of…

Ca’ canny an’ flee laigh

The Scots Language Centre posted a photo this week that gave me a new motto: This windae is in a leebrary in Aigle (‘Edzell’) in Angus. Caw cannie an flee laich is an auld saw that micht be set in Inglis as “Go carefully and don’t take on too much.” Tak tent that the ‘apologetic…

Do Awards Matter?

I was away in Brigadoon for Write 4 a Day on Sunday, so it wasn’t until I got to my office Monday morning that I discovered Fox Spirit Books had won the Best Small Press award at the British Fantasy Society Con. It was a great moment for the skulk and for our fearless leader,…