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Presenting At My First Academic Conference!

I can not believe I just wrote that headline! Honestly, not a sentence I ever imagined I would utter in my lifetime – that I would be showing my work at an academic conference. Ever! But it is true! After nearly 4 months of very hard work, I am happy to announce that my animated short – A Star Named Carson – is ready to debut at Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference at John Cabot University in Rome! I am super happy with the video too! Relief!
Being the daughter of a University Librarian, I grew up around books. The Ballad of The Sad Cafe was my first grown up book. I think I was 12 when my mom brought it home for me to read. I fell in love with her writing style. The characters were strange yet relatable. Very relatable. Shortly after I read it. Mama brought home a copy of Dr Virginia Carr’s biography on Carson. As soon as I read the first line, my mind was blown.
It opens up with a young Carson and best friend going to the fair to see the midway sideshow. As a kid the fair was my favorite time of year as well. I lived for it. Of course the sideshow had nearly died out by the 70s, but my dad had lots of books. In fact after years of my daily handling of his copy of We Who Are Not As Others – the binding disintegrated and was just a pile of loose papers. It wasn’t just being born & raised in the same town, and the love of the fair and similar young obsessions, but being an oddball in a Deep South Bible Belt Town. Where people laughed at you for not falling in line. I hated growing up there, it was stifling and lonely. But as a 12 year old young person, reading her biography, it was almost like a lifeline to me. I thought “Look, she grew up here and managed to leave and do great things with her life, I can do it too!” It saved me.

I never imagined one day I would be animating her life story! Incredible! It’s come full circle. I am planning on releasing it online sometime in fall, as well as a digital music download, with remixes. Yes I did music! After a 7 year break – I’m back! Woo! Well I better get packing! Mamma and I leave in the morning! I jokingly told her “Hey, maybe this will be my new thing, doing the academic circuit, then I’ll be awarded an honorary doctorate in AWESOMENESS! Ha! More soon! oxo gd

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ST LEONARDS SHOW DATE CHANGE!!!

Friends & Countrymen Lend me your ears! Due to a schedule mix up at St Leonards, my PV night for Electric Crazyland – has been pushed back a week to Weds the 23rd instead of the previous Weds! Yesterday I even made loads of posters up to paste up around town – agh! Luckily they contacted me before I did that! Phew! Anyhoo, please make a note – I updated the previous blog. It’s going to be a fun night so come down and celebrate with me! More soon oxo GS

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Grande Dame Solo Show at St Leonard Pub!

UK Friends, esp East Sussex & Stingz area peeps – I am happy to announce that Weds August 23rd I have a solo show opening at the fabulous St Leonard Pub on London Road. I am going to have a new print or 2, as well as a new lightbox! Yay! On the opening night I will be showing my crazy, psychedelic projections, including clips from my soon to be cult classic – A Star Named Carson – which premieres in Rome next week – EEK! So please come down & celebrate with me! Groovy sights and sounds to be seen and heard! Be great to see some faces, esp as I have been hidden away working myself to near death the entire year! So mark the date – Wed Aug 23rd 7pm till late, at St Leonard Pub 16 – 18 London Rd St Len! PARTY! Woo! more soon! oxo GD

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