I’m a writer, artist and producer, plus a long-term dabbler in all things digital.
From online journalism and editorial to electronic music fiend and notepad scribbler.
Sometimes the occasional instigator of happenings involving people, books, mics, Youtube, VR, Playstations, live streaming, or old tech & new tech mangled together in happy senseless bliss.
This is my personal website for stuff about my writing: what I’m doing while writing, writing about writing or most likely getting other people to write and be brilliant.
More from me soon……
I invited writer and producer Amy Zamarripa Solis to guest blog about the ‘City of Culture’ arts-led type of regeneration seen recently in Margate, Folkestone, Liverpool and Brighton. Amy responded with a piece about the new Eastbourne Devonshire Collective venues where she is a key player. Amy also runs the arts organisation Writing Our Legacy and her own arts management / production company This Too Is Real.
‘Arts-led regeneration is a tough subject in the UK these days. Not just because of austerity, Brexit and shrinking local authority budgets.
The arts themselves have recently come under fire as they’re used to help improve local communities and economies. Whereas gentrification used to be the dirty word, now it is ‘art washing’. In Brixton, you can buy your dinner from a shipping container, and in Manchester, you can sup cocktails via a clandestine route through to a laundrette.
Not all arts initiatives, however, are superficial and slapdash or ignore local communities and their needs. Arts and culture-led regeneration can make a lasting difference.
Real arts-led regeneration, working with local people and local businesses can improve people’s lives and livelihood. We have seen arts and culture transform towns and cities such as Margate, Folkestone, Liverpool and my home until recently, Brighton.
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My first Digital Weekender for Eastbourne featured the awesome Japanese bass heavy artist Kiki Hitomi from Jahtari label.
Kiki was the finale act on Sunday 28 November at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre. Her performance was immense (we had to order in extra sub bass), made extra special by Live AV from her frequent collaborator Cliona Ni Laoi. They were both lovely to work with, and the finale didn’t disappoint (I’m a massive bass heavy music fan).
The weekend was curated by AΦE, an immersive digital performance company for Devonshire Collective. A top notch programme for the first Digital Weekender!
Watch this stunning video to get a scale of what happens when you bring thick helpings of bass with eye-popping visuals to the oldest Victorian theatre in a sleepy seaside town on a Sunday night . Enjoy!
Film footage by Anna Winter, video by Kiki.
Here’s my honest account of crowdfunding for the La Llorona theatre production for Brighton Fringe for Arts Professional. The article gives many do’s and dont’s that I learned the hard way – and tells the story of how I successfully raised the funds needed to create a fully sold-out show.
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I’ve always been a good starter. I love getting things off the ground. Unfortunately, as a writer, I’m not a great finisher. When people ask if I’ve written a novel, I squirm. I’ve written 3: unpublished, half-finished. Being unpublished is less of a crime than quitting. It’s like starting a marathon, then ducking out half way to go to McDonalds.
A few recent major life events have made me realise how much ‘unfinished business’ can create a psychic weight in our lives. An invisible object, it holds a distinct shape and size and has a colour and aura all its own.
Unfinished business can bear down unconsciously. It can make you feel sluggish, lethargic and finding day-to-day tasks difficult to complete. You won’t be aware of the root of the problem at first.
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8 authors throw down their sharpest tales of fiction and non-fiction at this award-winning cabaret evening event. Hosted by Amy Zamarripa Solis and Tim Lay and compere, Mr Geoff Westby.
Licensed bar, music, always promises to be a fun raucous night of literature and a good crowd.
Redroaster Coffeehouse, 1d St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE
30 November 2013, Brighton, 10am-4pm, £30
Following on from Jacob’s successful workshop in Brighton this July, in this next workshop Jacob will be build on the work he did to examine the building blocks of stories and narrative and give participants opportunities to produce strong memorable narratives with practical exercises in the class.
Advance booking https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk</a
Latin Voices Live! 2012. Photo: Paul Jackson
2-9 November 2013, various times venue, mainly free
- Free bilingual children’s storytelling at Jubilee Library – Sat 2 Nov, Mon 4 Nov, Sat 9 Nov
- Dead Late, adult evening event at Brighton Museum on Thurs 7 Nov – £5 advance, £7 on door
- Family Day at Brighton Dome & Museum and Jubilee Library on Sat 9 Nov – free, some arts and craft activities by donation, Luis Munoz reading £4