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Friday May 13, 2016 - Sunday May 15, 2016
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day


A weekend exploring language & silence

The workshops that Paul offers are a subtle mixture of playful and profound, individual and in between. They can include simple exercises in movement through which the powers and gestures of language are revealed.

This is a weekend of clowning and writing creatively in which we will explore the spaces between words and the articulations of silence.

Lost for words, we listen – to leaves rustling, to the next person we meet, or call for the nine Muses of epic, lyric and dramatic poetry to inspire us.

If no words come we will play and weep over our blank pages. This, anyway is the practice of both clown and poet – to start with nothing, and trust the momentum of each moment.

This course may be of special interest to writers, poets, teachers, therapists, actors, and anyone who hopes to discover more about the role of play in their lives.

Beginners and the more experienced are equally welcome.

Art breaks the sea that’s frozen inside us. It reminds us of sensitivities that we might have lost at some cost.” Kafka


Facilitators: Paul Matthews and Vivian Gladwell

Paul Matthews
Paul MatthewsPAUL MATTHEWS worked for many years as lecturer, gymnast and resident poet at Emerson College in Forest Row, East Sussex, U.K. In his student days at Sussex University he edited the poetry magazine, Eleventh Finger with Paul Evans and made contact with the lively poetry scene of the time, including the American poet Robert Duncan who particularly inspired him. His writing continues to appear in literary journals and anthologies, The Ground that Love Seeks (Five Seasons Press) being a gathering of his poetry. He travels widely, speaking his poems, and giving talks and workshops on a range of subjects.

Working first as a teacher of children, and then of adults, his interests opened into a wider concern for the life of language in home, classroom, workplace and everyday relationships. His two books, Sing Me the Creation and Words in Place(published by Hawthorn Press) are the fruit of that research. In them he combines the craft of writing with ‘spells’ for the freeing and schooling of imagination. The longer courses in Creative Writing that he (with colleagues) offered at Emerson College  included movement, speech, singing, drawing and nature observation. He continues to contribute to the School of Storytelling which is based there.
One of Paul’s urgent concerns is for children to meet living language and imagination in the classroom. He is a trained Steiner/Waldorf Teacher and his earlier work with young people informs what he does world wide with those studying to be educators. On his travels he is invited into schools to work with teachers, children and parents. See Paul Matthews’ website

Vivian Gladwell
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VIVIAN is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.



Course fee: £120 – Tuition only

Accommodation and meals:
To book your accommodation and meals at Emerson go to  http://www.emerson.org.uk/clowning2
To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

Date and times:
The course begins Friday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Sunday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson Village, Forest Row, East Sussex

TO SIGN UP for the course, simply pay your deposit of £60 with Paypal or a Bank Card below.
Confirmation of payment from Paypal means you are signed up for the course**
**Please check the course requirements before signing up.

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If full please email us at 
mail@nosetonose.info to go on our waiting list.

We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


Fee £120 – (a deposit of £60 is required to hold your place – This deposit is REFUNDABLE more than 6 weeks before the start of the course or if the course is cancelled)


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to mail@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: To find out just click on the Paypal or Credit Cardlink above and you will see the number of places available. It will not be possible for you to book if there are no spaces available.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just write to mail@nosetonose.info to ask. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.

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Emerson College
Emerson College
RH18 5JX Forest Row
United Kingdom