Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

June 12, 2008

Laurence Olivier’s toes

Unless you live totally alone, in a cave on Bodmin Moor, nerve-racking situations are unavoidable. Even nice ones like accepting an award or a reunion with old school friends can set off those butterflies. Laurence Olivier’s grounding technique was to pay attention to how his feet felt. Wiggling your toes or ‘feeling each toe’ will help shift your focus to the now.

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