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I’ve never been good with holidays, and this one is no exception.

This week has been my “staycation”, a much needed rewards after finishing a massive contract involving nearly every day of commuting.

Permission to sit around my flat and watch films, instead I am working on my artist film for my current project No Place Like Home.

I’ve been watching Youtube ‘how to’ videos after my film mentor suggested I edit the film myself. My video editing skills are fairly circa 2005. So today I’ve been learning about various new things on Adobe Premiere (and some not new things).

Split screen, photo montage.

Most of the Youtube videos copy one another, which slightly sucks – points on lack of originality for stuff like that.

On the plus side, learned who Ken Burns was (Ken Burns effect) & found this interesting article featuring him on the PBS website, as I didn’t know who he was.

It seems his method of filming using archive photographs is relevant to mine.

What Burns does is go beyond the two-dimensionality of a photograph by going “into its world and to trust that that world had a past and a present,” he said. “And to activate it. And to be the feature filmmaker with a master shot, a wide shot, a medium shot, a close shot, a pan, a tilt, a reveal, inserts of shots.”

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leslie tate blog screenshotI 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.

Amy writes:

‘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.

Read the full article

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.

NWS blog unfinished business

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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December 2013

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