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Encountering ‘Gerald’: experiments with meandering methodologies and experiences beyond our ‘selves’ in a collaborative writing group

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  • J Speedy
  • D Bainton
  • NE Bridges
  • T Brown
  • LC Brown
  • V Martin
  • A Sakellariadis
  • S Williams
  • S Wilson
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894 - 901
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume16 (10)
DatePublished - Dec 2010


This article describes a process of moving in and out of a place of “ordinary, transient and sustainable community” within a collaborative writing group. The group meets together both on- and offline. Over the last 5 years, the authors havedeveloped an every day, meandering, and nomadic practice of being, talking, and writing. This enables frequent encounters with a very precious, precarious, and particular sense of collective energy. The group came to describe this experience of moving beyond, in, out of, and through their individual and collective selves as “Gerald.” This article comprises a narrating text in which quotations from the authors’ writing archives are embedded.

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Publisher: Sage Other: The Bristol collaborative Writing Group (BCWG), originally a mixed staff/ postgraduate student community has been active within the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, since 2004. All the group’s writing is generated through the collaborative endeavours of its members: Sue Wilson, Susan Williams, Jane Speedy, Artemi Sakellariadis, Viv Martin, Tony Brown, Laurinda Brown, Nell Epona Bridges and Dave Bainton. Each of its publications has been produced through a different means of bringing these writings together. In this case the principal author of the paper was Jane Speedy and it was refined into a finished product by the rest of the team acting as an editorial group

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