Wil Roach is an experienced storyteller who uses his lived experiences to share his insights with audiences, through written contributions such as the recently published collection Living and Loving in Diversity and his memoir Gay, Black and Underage. His work has been presented at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Queerstories, Sydney Fringe and Adelaide Fringe, and with the Redfern Writers’ Group. Wil co-produced Unspoken Words festival in 2018. Wil is currently working on solo and collaborative projects. To see more of his story visit storysage.net.
What occurs when a multi-disciplinary arts collective uses rendered forms encapsulated by a series of movements called Sheng Zhen Meditation (SZM) rendered by Master Li Jun Feng of which the literal translation is Unconditonal Love? How does a particular form relate to the creative artistic process? For instance, does it ground the artist or highlight areas for further contemplation, for instance: development of a play, dance piece, poetry or prose? Are there any discernible improvements in the artist’s mood or creativity? One way of discerning this is through reflective discussion, a written journal which can be shared on an individual or group basis depending on the artists’ requirements. This is an artist-centred project, driven by participants’ needs, and my role is to facilitate, mentor and coach in support of the artists’ aspirations.