About Lena O Connell

Posts by Lena O Connell:

The Wise Child

When I was ten and my younger sister was seven, we religiously watched a film called ‘Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird’. It is a story based on the novel of the same name by Jean Little. The film is rare and was made for television.

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The Light of the Moon

As I stand on this stairway of my grandfather’s house, it feels like he came from the moon. I stare out of the window at the cold, white, winter light. I wonder where he is now as my breath makes fog on the cold glass. It seems my memory...

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The Secret Garden

To be loved is to recognise what is close to you. Maybe we spend our lifetime just learning about this. I remember Spike Milligan talking about depression, said one day it just left him. It makes me wonder what occupies the mind. I want ‘The Secret Garden’ in mine.

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My Invention of Sally

In a universe far away, I am seven. It is an unearthly hour of the morning. All humans are asleep. It's just me and the sky. It's cold and foggy. I can see my breath. I am talking to myself and pushing a pram with my dolls outside...

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Traveler Around the Sun

Recently I watched an animated film called ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki. I really gravitated to the theme of spirits in the film and the seen and unseen world. I am no stranger to this theme in my art work. Last January I performed in a play which I...

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