Author Archives: nic paton


ssh … the sound of “small”

The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose (J. B. S. Haldane) Listen closely … what does “small” sound like? Closer … what do you hear? Zoom into […]

Continue reading »

Superb course: “Copyright And The Business Of Creative Industries”

I have just completed an excellent month long course on the FutureLearn MOOC platform, entitled “Copyright And The Business Of Creative Industries“. Designed by CISAC (International Confederation Of Societies Of Authors And Composers) and Brazilian […]

Continue reading »

A shout from the middle of a distant past

A post from long term friend and supporter Alastair McKay, in which he nominates albums which have shaped his musical taste. Number 12 is “The Middle Of It All”, my 2004 songwriter offering. It might […]

Continue reading »

“Finding My Voice” – a new post-graduate course

Today sees the launch of the reworked version of a course I have run for 7 years at the University of Cape Town. It’s an elective called “Finding My Voice” as part of the Faculty […]

Continue reading »

SAfm 104.6 interview with Lizette Khan

I was interviewed on SAfm’s Friday evening show “Off The Pitch” by Lizette Khan. We spoke of interspiritual activism, igniting ubuntu, and the grieving process, and she played the track “Adieu”. Many thanks to Lizette, […]

Continue reading »

Passing through this together: “Valley Of The Shadow” re-launched.

  Today is “Good Friday”, and I wish you Every Good. The power of this lies in a generously universal truth: Life comes from that which dies. But in so doing, it goes through a […]

Continue reading »

The Classic FM 1027 interview … from the shadow to the public space

I spoke to Kutlwano Masote of Classic 1027 this morning about the upcoming launch of “Valley Of The Shadow – Rites Of Loss”. Listen to the interview here:    Remember the days when we could […]

Continue reading »

Relief in Grief.

  We find ourselves in a season of stillness, bewildered and dumbstruck in an unexpected shadow. At this time, some are entering Easter or Pesach, to contemplate the mysteries of life and death, of slavery […]

Continue reading »

Grief Goes Mainstream

Scott Berinato, in Harvard Business Review, recently wrote: “Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about […]

Continue reading »

When words fail

Amidst the chaos, anxiety and fear of this time, the hope of a new way of living and relating is also dawning. Unprecedented outpourings of yearning, affection and empathy are everywhere. People are expressing their […]

Continue reading »