When I Smile - Lara Beasley

The word inspiration means a lot to me and it can be something that is all around you or you may have to search for it.

My pets were special to me and I made up stories about them.  Here I am at four years old with our German shepherd called Rocky.  I imagined him roaming and guarding our peaceful woods at night.   A filly foal called mystique liked taking naps with Cariad.

I dreaded school in the mornings.  When I left I felt freedom again and my family encouraged me to seek new ideas in the world.

A TV programme led me to the Eifel tower and I stood proudly at the top to conquer my fear of heights.  The Louvre museum inspired me no end as a scene of mysterious knights captivated me.  Of course a knight or king needs his castle and Caernarfon seemed the perfect spot as they could watch out for possible enemies by sea and land.  Aberdyfi gave me an amazing view and a beautiful beach as I saw Ynyslas and beyond glisten in the sun.  What better than to finish the day off with a pint and maybe the knights would agree after a hard day’s battle.

Next I decided to experience the Brecon Beacons by horse as I went along the rugged mountains I thought of all the great things I had done and seen.  It made me smile.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Lara and I have always been into the creative arts ever since I was a little girl. Especially writing stories as my imagination never runs out, has a long battery life heh I also play bass when I need to hear and play some sweet music from metal too anything inbetween as long as it has a catchy melody. My other project is writing a fantasy novel and entering writing competitions hoping someone will notice me.

What’s your story about?

It’s about all the things that inspire me for writing, for example the places I have seen in Wales and the everyday things and of course my family.

Why did you choose this particular story?

I chose this story because I found it came the most natural to me and I have always wanted to do a story like this as it is close to my heart.  Also because it shows other people how they can find inspiration from what they see and do in general.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?

I enjoyed seeing how a story from photos and srcipt makes a digital story. How it all fits in together and what form you use in order to achieve that. It was fun discussing stories with other people too as you can feed off each other and using the technology was great.

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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