Surrealism and Free Writing

Surrealists were influenced by psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud as a way to stimulate the creative process.




André Breton was born on February 18, 1896, in Tinchebray, France. In 1920’s Paris he was one of the founders of the Surrealist movement. He penned a manifesto encouraging free expression and the release of the subconscious mind.




It was ‘Andre Breton, leader of a new grouping of poets and artists in Paris, who, in his Surrealist Manifesto (1924), defined surrealism as:

pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.’[1]

Here’s a short video on Surrealism…



And here’s some free writing inspired by the Surrealists and the word ‘radio’.



Grandad had a radio. It sat in his shed so he could listen to the horse racing. Margaret named the shed Casablanca. She’d painted the name on a piece of wood that hung above the doorway. If I had a shed I think I might call it Casablanca too. In the Summer Grandad sat smoking a cigarette in his deck chair. We were allowed to blow out the matches. The races would drone in the background. Early autumn they started getting ready for duck shooting season. Duck decoys and planning for the maimai at Lake Ellesmere. In May they sat in chairs outside the shed plucking ducks. Feathers floated all over the back yard and into the shed.





[1] Surrealism – Art Term | Tate. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Image of Freud – formation psychanalyste, Bordeaux Poitiers Limoges Toulouse. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Image of Breton – Andre Breton. (n.d.). Retrieved from


The Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell, born in 1904 in New York paid particular attention to the hero’s journey. He made observations on their journey in his books the Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Power of Myth and The Inner Reaches of Outer Space.

George Lucas responded to reading Campbell’s work with Star Wars. I’ll never forget seeing the first Star Wars movie with my dad and sisters as a nine year old.

I’ve gathered up some video resource on the HERO’S JOURNEY beginning with the allure of Greek tragedies





…and then consider – What makes a hero?





And have a look at Buzz and Woody’s hero’s journey.