We don’t need much. A piece of paper and a pen or pencil for starters is everything. Words are our only essential material. We can make anything out of them, and the worlds that emerge can be all consuming to the consumers. This, of course, ensures that those of us who use them well will always have a line-up of readers waiting for the next poem, book, instalment or chapter. And as story makers of one kind or another, we may well be the only artists in the universe who do not have to spend any money at all on our materials. If we have a voice, we can tell a story. But not only that: the element that makes our written material work well is invisible, intangible and as cheap as a single sheet of paper – emptiness, space. Between words. Behind words. Between lines. Beyond narratives – space where words could be, but where they’ve been left out or taken out. The ‘spaces between’ honour the creative power of the writer’s imagination – and importantly, the reader’s imagination.
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