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Lorraine Dixon

Art materials retailer at Art Scene, Sheffield / Publisher of diaries, journals and games at Open Narrative

My name is Lorraine Dixon and I am the founder of Open Narrative. I have been journaling for over twenty years and I write everyday based upon the teachings of Julia Cameron’s, The Artists’ Way. But I never read back any of my daily reflections, rants and raves.  Piles of journals lay dusty in the attic.

 In 2015, frustrated at not being able to remember the smaller subtler changes taking place in my life. Ok, the big things are easy to remember but it’s the little things that we forget. I wanted somewhere to write and be able to see how my thoughts and feelings were shifting as I grew. So, I created Being Me, a five-year diary with simple but evocative questions as a daily guide of what to write about.

 In 2017, I published Being Me to help others understand how to start journaling and record their own journey. I took a leap of faith that I wasn’t alone in wanting to remember more than big life events and see how I was growing and changing in our fast-paced world. I believe that Being Me is the opportunity for everyone to take a few minutes each day, no matter how busy they are, to write down a few words that will enable them to remember the little things well into the future.

In 2019 I collaborated with Games Explorers and published Reflections the conversation game. 

2020 has been an interesting year. During the first lockdown I created My Journal, which was published in September and in November my husband and I took over Art Scene on Chesterfield Road, Sheffield. This is an established art materials and supplies business. As I write this (at the beginning of the third lockdown) we are still in the process of refurbishing the shop with the added element of an Italian coffee house and plan to reopen at the end of January 2021.