Believers in Love by Alan Clay

From Sydney's Bondi Beach, to a magic mountain in New Zealand, an unlikely father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark on a crazy adventure which explores the transient nature of art and life, to discover that dreams are real.

How Books Grow

Books grow in the unconscious, a writer said, and the mind tries to articulate them, with more or less success.

Believers in Love.jpg (7603 bytes)Each stage of the process requires different skills; at the start we need a playful acceptance which allows ideas to be thrown around without any analysis.

Later, lots of rich daily experience, and yet a stable and regular life, to sustain the discipline of the writing practice. Courage to change and yet peace of mind to allow.

Perseverance is required during the re-writes, when honing the unpolished gem is less interesting to the imagination than dreams of its inevitable success.

Then finally, after much fussing and pruning, but never enough, the book just tumbles out of the unconscious almost through sheer exhaustion of bearing the burden.


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Click on Giving Meaning   Repeated Lessons and Steep Yourself in Life for other short extracts.

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Born in 1954, Alan Clay grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. He studied clown in Sweden in 1977 and has taught and performed extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. For the past ten years Alan has lived in Sydney, where he runs Playspace Studio, Sydney’s Physical Theatre Studio. ‘Believers in Love’ is Alan's third novel. His second Dance Sisters was published in 1997 and his first Moontan was published in 1994.

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