Kate and I ran Storytale Festival last year, with other 1000 people participating in 43 events in 27 venues with 26 creatives. It was hugely successful and we're really excited to be working together again to create a mini online version. We have huge support from Grounded Cloud and J Farrington Copywriting as well as a host of others such as publishers, libraries, bookshops and schools.
I’m a Director of Brave Bold Drama CIC, a not-for-profit theatre company which aims to dismantle the financial and cultural barriers that prevents some members of the community from engaging with the arts and accessing opportunities to explore their own creativity. I have brought in processes for planning, regular meetings and scheduling for Creative Workspace, a community arts centre in Withywood, a deprived part of the city. I’m chair of the local community partnership, Action Greater Bedminster, and have run consultation sessions on issues such as planning, transport and recycling. I have built relationships with the council, residents and organisations to help inform and enable the community. I worked for Playing Out CIC for two years, organising events including the 5 year anniversary party, promoting the concept at events, meetings and with groups and schools, and working closely with residents. I managed a small team of activators for 6 months and there were 100 streets in Bristol that had played out by the time my contract finished.
I’m working with Kate, the Director of Children’s and Teen Events at the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, a free festival in a village north of Bristol. Kate has experience of taking creative writing workshops into schools and has also been involved in events at the Bristol Festival of Literature and at the Oakwood Literature Festival in Derby.