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Staring at the Park


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Chapter 1: Introduction: How and why I wrote this book Chapter 2: First plateau: I wrote this book three times Chapter 3: Second plateau: A process of writing developed eventually or at least a method of Chapter 4: Third plateau: We rattle through wrought iron gates Chapter 5: Fourth plateau: Early morning silence Chapter 5: Fifth plateau: Park-haiku winged Chapter 6: Sixth plateau: Epilogue/solitude is what I live with a constant lack of Notes References About the Author

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Prolific scholar Jane Speedy maintains an international reputation for developing innovative interdisciplinary qualitative research methodologies. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education at the University of Bristol, UK she teaches narrative inquiry and other research methods at the intersection of arts and social sciences. Her current focus is on collaborative writing and various forms of collaborative text production, including collective biography, writing as inquiry, and juxtapositions of various visual and written textual forms. She has a particular interest in web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and Twitter as sites for radical collaborations. Jane was also the coordinator of the Narrative Inquiry Centre in the School of Education at the University of Bristol, UK. She is author of Narrative Inquiry and Psychotherapy and coauthor of Collaborative Writing as Inquiry .


"We invite you to take flight on Jane's beautiful, ruptured, suturing words, across the landscape of her stroke and its aftermath." --Ken Gale, Plymouth University, and Jonathan Wyatt, University of Edinburgh "...A beautiful, unique, and courageous book written with passion, eloquence, and wisdom. Professor Speedy provides a precious exemplar of the use of poetic and aesthetic modes of inquiry in drawing sense and coherence out of the chaos that interruptions in the course of one's life can impose."... --Arthur P. Bochner, University of South Florida "[This book] encourages us to focus, watch, and stare in order to curb the hustle of everyday life and attend to the mundane objects and relationships that surround us; a text infused with passion and insight, homage and gratitude." --Tony E. Adams, Forum: Qualitative Social Research

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