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Contact: Erik Sjøholm / erik@eriksjoholm.com/ +358 50 5557792 / eriksjoholm.com

World Book Day

There was a time when I used to be completely absorbed by reading books. When I was around 12, I was a huge fan of the Hardy Boys book series written by several ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. Now I'm reconnecting with that burning fire of reading books through an author called Daniel Quinn and the piece of art I want to share with you this week is a short story I just finished writing called "Lucy". Wait a minute... why am I writing about books and literature? Because on Friday we celebrate the World Book Day! 

We will premiere with Silaba on the oerol.nl festival the 15th of June here in the Netherlands! 

A challenging premise

I'm currently working on a storytelling show called "Silaba" together with Betal Özyn (TU), Naomi Namutebi (UG) and Raphael Rodan (ISR). Silaba will premiere on the famous oerol festival in the North of the Netherlands and it's a project I'm very excited about. 

In this show, my role will be to host the show, play music and here and there add some short stories mixed with my songs. I've been working with material from "the little prince" for this show and in order to write the opening monologue for the show I was given following direction from Raphael (the director): In the opening of the show, we want to ask our audience, how are you gonna look at this show? Are you gonna look at it like an adult or like a child?

With this as a premise, I felt the need of developing a deeper understanding to what it really meant to look at the world as an adult or a child and this lead me to the story of Lucy. 

Daniel Quinn, one of my current favorite writers and big inspirations.

Lucy - A short story by Erik Sjøholm

What does it mean to look at the world as an adult or as a child? What happens at around age 5-7 that disconnects us from such freedom and presence perceived by children? These questions led me to books by Daniel Quinn and his response to who we are and how we look at the world through the lenses of our current culture. 

During the last 10.000 years the human population has grown from 10 million to 8 billion and counting. Has this happened before on our planet? No. Then what's going on? And where are we heading? Reading Daniels books I find connections to the teachings of the little prince and Antoine de Saint-Exupérys play with the perspectives of adults and kids. 
 
Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay 
Read: Lucy - A short story by Erik Sjøholm

To write "Lucy" was for me a process of deepening my understanding around the meaning of these questions. I hope it can serve as an eye opener for yourself and look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.  
 

Invitations and assignments


For those of you who I managed to inspire with this weeks newsletter, I invite you to take a poetry class, a writing class, watch a video tutorial about story writing, read books, write your next novel, write a poem, simply write. And if you feel like it, share it with me, and who knows, maybe we can turn it into a song! 

Until next week, 
Hugs and love, Erik   

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