Gaylene Gould, Cultural Explorer

I spent morning talking to Gaylene Gould, Cultural Explorer and Head of BFI Cinemas and Events about storytelling, about using imagination to explore vulnerability and kindness, and about making space for creativity. See full interview at Imaginomics

 © Alexandra Dao

 © Alexandra Dao

The thing that most pulls me through life is to understand who I am as a human being
— Gaylene Gould
If you are looking at creativity and imagination, you are driven by curiosity rather than goals. Creative endeavours are driven by exploration rather than outcomes
— Gaylene Gould
There needs to be an environment where you can feel that it’s ok to be curious and to simply explore
— Gaylene Gould
Everything is creativity in childhood, it’s how you navigate the world. And we all still have that.
— Gaylene Gould
What the imagination can do is condition us to spend our time watching and reading about really kind, compassionate people, and then believing that the world really is a kind place.
— Gaylene Gould
What we need to do is build more space for creativity – going for walks, looking out of the window, taking our minds off the task – and then the ideas start flowing.
— Gaylene Gould
Compassion really helps me. There is nothing that can erase the fact that we are human beings who feel pain. Life is hard and our feelings will get hurt – how can we move with some grace through this?
— Gaylene Gould
I think creativity is about honouring your own unique voice.
— Gaylene Gould
We have to make kinder stories.
— Gaylene Gould

Robin Stevens, author

My morning at the British Library taking a journey of discovery into the imagination of Robin Stevens, author of best-selling children’s detective series ‘Murder Most Unladylike’. See imaginomics.org.uk for my full interview

©Alexandra Dao

©Alexandra Dao

For years, I thought that writing was telepathic.
— Robin Stevens
Because I was a kid who was on her own a lot, I got to experience many other things and connect with other people through reading
— Robin Stevens
As a child, my imaginary friends were simply the stories I was creating, and I became part of the story.
— Robin Stevens

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