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States of Play:

The serious business of playfulness

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  • The Debate

    States of Play

    Children play freely and imaginatively but most of us forget how to, or abandon, this sort of play as adults. Should we be more playful? Is playfulness a source of creativity and presence or are there good reasons for leaving it behind?

    The Panel

    Award-winning poet Don Paterson, Financial Times columnist Harry Eyres, and author and game designer and philosopher Chris Bateman find themselves at play with play.

  • Find out more about speakers

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  • Harry Eyres
    The Pitch
    Play is essentially freedom but equally needing bounds
  • Chris Bateman
    The Pitch
    Defends foolishness and silliness as creativity and freedom
  • Don Paterson
    The Pitch
    Play as interactive pursuits between readers and writers of poetry
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Is child’s play different to adult’s play?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Rules, play and playfulness
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The purpose and future of play
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FemShep on 20/12/2012 1:53pm

It's true that the play of children becomes more circumscribed as they grow older and games and so forth become bound by rules. This isn't to say these forms of play are less imaginative, they simply possess an order that childish play lacks.

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