After another tumultuous winter for the arts community, Performing Lines reached out to some of our associated artists to touch base. In this series of interviews, which will be published throughout October, we spoke about lockdown coping strategies, how each artist’s practice and perspective has changed over the past year, and where creative work fits in the middle of a pandemic (if at all).
Today we hear from Megan Holloway; artist, performer and the mind behind the raucous drag king Craig Slist.
While Covid has significantly disrupted our capacity to work in the arts, this can provide down time to reconnect with other art forms. What are some of the things you’ve been reading, watching, or listening to?
Absolutely. Despite all the obvious set backs and unease during this time, I’ve felt extremely grateful for the pause and space to reflect and redirect.
I found it challenging to engage with screens and so poured my energy into reading.
My wonderful friend Tilly Lawless who is a passionate consumer of books and a very talented, recently published writer herself, regularly drops things over to me from her personal collection.
Some books I’ve recently read are; The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, Zami: A New spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg and of course Tilly’s book Nothing But My Body.
I love non-fiction and first hand accounts of people’s lives and experiences, which all these books do. These writers perfectly invite you into what was their present day truth, giving the reader a greater understanding of the queer experience on both a very personal and public level. Reaffirming, insightful, life-changing stuff.