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THAT's Remotely Interesting     No. 02
Welcome to second issue of THAT's Remotely Interesting, the Newsletter of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust's 'Creative at a Distance' Programmes being run online during these unusual times.  Our featured programmes are; 'Shared Photographs' being led by David P Scott and 'Writing From Home' led by Zoe Venditozzi.

Each Newsletter features examples of the participant's responses to the different challenges the programme Leads are setting, along with some general feedback and guidance.   A larger collection of the work produced for each challenge will also be available to view on THAT's Facebook page.

David's second challenge was to photograph - 'Dawn to Dusk'
Zoe's second challenge was to focus on - 'Characterisation'
Hello everyone, 
The beauty of this 'Characterisation' exercise is that putting together the separate elements like a name and a location and a time gives our imaginations a kick start and creates connections that build an idea of a person from nothing. It can be really difficult to sit down with a blank page in front of us and create a character from scratch, but if we have a few pieces of information to work with, something surprising can happen with our imaginations and suddenly a character begins to materialise. 
I was delighted to see what everyone came up with and I’m sure you could all take these characters further into stories.  Three examples are included in the newsletter.
Nicholas had been out celebrating with his friends to welcome in the New Year.  They had all decided to mark the end of the last momentous decade and welcome in the new, which was their beacon of hope for better things to come and deemed as a new start for all.  They had been planning this event for months and Nicholas being meticulous for detail, had done all he had thought of to make sure the New Year would go off with a bang.  But this wasn’t the kind of bang he was expecting.  And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be sitting in the police station at 8.30am, waiting.

As he waits, Nicholas is thinking about the events that happened, wondering where it all went off plan. Thinking about how just 24 hours earlier, he was finishing his last shift of the year, of the decade and remember how excited he was.  Thinking about being at home, music playing, dancing around his room as he began to wind down and begin the celebrations.  Only the storm outside, distracting him from his thoughts.  The weather was the only thing he could not plan for and could not control.  Is that what is to blame?

Nicholas is waiting in fear.  Fear of the news to come; fear of how this may affect their future.  Surely things will now change?

Michelle Cassidy
What’s really effective about this piece is that the reader is left wanting to know more about what has happened. That’s when you know you’ve created a great character and you’ve got the beginning of a good story
Thanks to everyone who submitted images to our second photography
challenge 'Dawn to Dusk', the quality of work was incredibly high and
again we are featuring a photograph from every participant.

There were some fantastic images taken during the day, some captured the
soft diffused light at the start and end of the day while others the
harsh shadows in the middle.

Why am I, at 80 years old, standing here at this bus stop at 10.00 am on a cold November morning?
I’m far too old for this.
A short trip on a cold, noisy, bus, a wee walk around the warm shopping centre, a frothy coffee.
Home again in a couple of hours, same dreary bus driver,
“Set the world to rights” with another oldie.
There he is, pacing up & down by the living room window.
“Right, I’m off now “says the carer. “See you next month”.
I’d prefer that she took him out, I can then sit in my living room in complete silence.
Mary Simpson
One of the reasons we write fiction is so that we can explore difficult experiences. To set your piece during moments of someone’s life shows how characters can take us to places we have never been and yet can readily imagine.
Sunrise and sunset was also popular with some beautiful colours and atmospheric locations featured.

A Wee Break

Walking along the beachfront at the harbour, it’s a bit blustery today. Not what the weather forecast said it would be. Typical. The gulls are screeching at the bins looking for scraps. What a racket! Best stay clear of them. They are becoming a pest in this bit of St Andrews! 


Look over there, a swimmer in the water? What is that all about? Wild swimming is it? At 9 in the morning? Off their heads aren’t they? Got a new name for everything these days. Used to just be plain old swimming in the sea back in the day. I’m only 50 and things have changed so much. Well, not really changed, just given things a new name, don’t you agree? Anyway, not for me, just going to stick to walking thank you. I’m thinking how lovely it is to watch all the folk around and about, all doing their own thing. Probably going to continue my walk on up and through the town, head back by the side road at the harbour and then set on off for home and a cuppa. 


Always been interested in what’s going on around me. Not in a nosey way though, ha-ha, just curious. Learn a lot from the folk you see when you’re out toodling about the town. People watching, passes the time when you’re tired from all that walking about and need a seat on a bench. 


Feeling relieved to be off work, first weekend off for a while to be honest. It’s been  Busy busy busy, but a wee break is just what I need. 


Issy Robertson

This piece of writing really captures the character’s voice and I can imagine sitting down and having a chat with them. Great characterisation.

I'm really looking forward to the development of characters in the next Challenge
There were also several who rose to the challenge of taking pictures at night bringing our journey from dawn to dusk to a close in considerable

Looking forward to the work for next weeks Challenge
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