How's the writing going?
Jan 17 2021
Ever since I received the email telling me I'd been successful for an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice Award to work on my Mindful Play Handbook, my Inner Critic has had me in a strangle hold: "Who the hell do you think you are, calling yourself a "writer"? How could YOU be a writer? You have no brain and nobody wants to hear what you've got to say anyway."Read more >
Discoveries in Self Care 2020
Dec 30 2020
There's a statement that's been doing the rounds on facebook; “We are not all in the same boat, but we are all on the same sea.” This blog is an offer from my boat to yours. It's far from my intention to make self-care into a stick for you to bash yourself over the head with! Take whatever is useful to you and throw the rest in the sea.Read more >
My 2020 Projects
Dec 29 2020
Here's a look back on my 2020 projects, charting my journey through this most peculiar of years. This blog describes how my in-person clowning and fooling workshops and guest facilitation gradually morphed into online workshops, performances and creative consultancy.Read more >
Holly on The Big Juicy Creative Podcast
Dec 27 2020
If you've got time for listening to podcasts, here's me chatting with Suzy Bashford on the Big Juicy Creative podcast.Read more >
Winter Solstice Ceremony
Dec 17 2020
It's coming up to the winter Solstice on December 21st, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the days around the Solstice, I'll be hunkering down and journeying inwards, contemplating life as it is and dreaming into my desired future. If this sounds like something you might want to do, here's a reflective solstice ceremony you can do at some point over the festive period.Read more >
Holly talks on the Playfulife Podcast
Dec 10 2020
...cast your mind back to the heady days of May when the air was thick with the scent of blossom and the baby ducklings were just starting to hatch. Anthony Trahair from Playfulife approached me for an interview after watching my Bristol TEDx talk.
Anthony was especially interested to hear about how safety and risk, vulnerability and allowing ourselves to be seen in all our weirdness and wildness, feature in my Clown-o-therapy work...
Christmas Clown School Voucher
Dec 08 2020
We are happy to offer gift vouchers for our February Zoom Clown 1 courses- what a Christmas present to give your loved ones - the promise of joy and laughter in the new year!Read more >
What Happened at The Clowns in Crisis Conference?
Dec 03 2020
This account was originally written by Bee Golding, Holly Stoppit Workshops' Radministrator and Poet in Residence, as part of our December newsletter. I have edited it a little for this context (all spelling and grammatical mistakes will undoubtedly be mine!).
We're so proud of what we achieved on the weekend of November 6th, 7th and 8th - it was an amazing adventure into producing our first ever online conference, hosted by Holly Stoppit and Robyn Hambrook as The Online Clown Academy, supported by Holly's Radministrator Bee Golding.Read more >
Clowns In Crisis Cabaret Film
Dec 02 2020
On the 6th of November 2020, 12 international students of The Online Clown Academy performed a series of short solo clown acts which they created through the Zoom Clown level 3 course – exploring Personal and Political Clowning.Read more >
Clowns In Crisis Open Space Notes
Nov 13 2020
On Sunday 8th November 2020, we held an online Open Space session on Zoom, exploring the theme of our conference, 'Clowns In Crisis.' All weekend, through performances, workshops and a panel discussion, we'd been exploring what clowning can do for us and what clowns can do for the world.
The Open Space was a chance for an international group of clowns and clown enthusiasts to come together and discuss what was relevant to them personally and professionally. This blog captures a little of what happened, including notes and pics from participants.Read more >