MEET THE CENTRE FOR STORIES TEAM: PROJECT MANAGER ROBERT WOOD
Robert is our project manager, ideas man and resident poet. Well-travelled and experienced, he brings to the Centre a fresh perspective, new creative direction and plenty of laughs.
1. Describe yourself in three words
Thought-full, poet, conversationalist.
2. What is your role at the Centre For Stories and what does a typical day at the Centre involve?
My job at the Centre is a sitting job. Typically I am in front of a screen though this is punctuated by reading, conversations and face-to-face power lunches (very powerful I might add, and very lunchy too). The Centre is still emerging and that means the task list is fluid, which lends a feeling of openness to my days, so I feel quite active and engaged no matter what I am doing.
3. What is your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of working at the Centre for Stories is expanding what is possible. That might mean collaborating on a vision of the centre as a whole; sharing stories as a creator, mentor or facilitator; planning for future events; listening to the archive of stories we have already collected; or, hearing from audience members and performers about how we can improve.
4. What is your favourite way to consume stories (i.e., novels, podcasts, talks, etc.)?
I am a reader more than anything else in how I consume stories. I review a lot of poetry books for various journals so I read more than anything else. But I am growing to enjoy podcasts, particularly of a non-fiction and political character.
5. Do you have a favourite story?
At the moment I am re-reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, which are little portraits as stories told by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. They are whimsical, acute and piercing, aspects I always love in his writing in particular. I have lots of favourite language workers but only some of them are storytellers. In that way I like people who play with form – Calvino and the rest of the OULIPO gang, their inheritors like Christian Bok, but also Daniil Kharms, Paul Celan, Walt Whitman. But there are so many great stories out there, and here at the Centre, I am, like everyone, spoilt for choice.