Writer Jenifer Toksvig gathers stories, tribes and yarn, to make theatre, discoveries and hygge.
At the Lush Summit, you may have caught her poem “What They Took With Them - a List”, a spoken word piece inspired by the first-hand testimonies of refugees forced to flee their homes. In 2016, it was made into a film by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Facebook to promote awareness of the global refugee crisis.
This is art, according to Jenifer
If it can be said
that all of existence
is comprised of Art and Science,
then Science is the substance,
and Art the binding agent.
The creative world’s best-kept secret
Our own self as artists.
To my knowledge,
there is currently no political society on Earth
which adequately acknowledges,
or appropriately provides for,
the fact that Art is the binding agent
for our own perception of ourselves,
for our connection to others,
and for our own experience of living.
There is no balance to be struck.
Although there are many reasons why
I might look in certain places for a story,
from personal intention to commercial opportunity,
only some stories will ever be noticed by me,
and only some of those successfully gathered by me.
Although there are many people
to whom those stories might be then offered,
only some people will notice them, and
only some of those will successfully connect with them.
The power is with the stories.
Mainly, my role is to open a path.
The power of the artist
To emerge (from within us all).
To respond (where we notice).
To act (where we connect).