In November, I found out I’d been selected as a Ludic Rooms Random String fellow, along with six other creatives from various disciplines. The aim of the Fellowship is to support artists “who are interested in embarking on their first technology-focused creative enquiry”. So that’s what I’ve been up to for the past few months. I’ll be contributing to a Random String blog, and sharing my journey and projects in greater detail there in the near future, so I’ll keep you posted!
Some animals use echolocation to emit calls out to the environment and listen to the echoes that return from objects near them. Writer Emma J. Lannie has been listening to Coalville’s echoes, creating new work inspired by objects and places that she will share in specific locations throughout the day.
On Saturday 10th March, Emma will be reading her Coalville-inspired short stories between:
12:00 – 12:30 at Hermitage FM cafe
12:30 – 13:00 at Coalville library and
13:30 – 14:00 at Hermitage FM cafe
As part of Coalville Writes festival.
I’m going to be reading new work inspired by Coalville and it’s strange and wonderful buildings and places at Coalville Writes a new festival of stories, books and writing from Mantle Arts. I’ll share some photos of my wanderings and favourite spaces soon.
On Saturday 15th October, the second annual Derby Writers Day will take place at Quad, in Derby. The day is filled to the brim with panels featuring writers, publishers, and agents, ranging from subjects such as running workshops, getting involved with literature festivals, publication and lots more. I’ll be taking part in the Small Presses panel, and also in the Plenary Panel: The Writer as Creative, The Writer as a Business. It looks like such a brilliant day, and I’m definitely going to sneak into a good few sessions when I’m not on the stage.
You can book tickets here and find out more about the running order and what’s happening here.
What Haunts the Heart is a new collection of short stories published by Mantle Lane Press, featuring writers from across the Midlands. There’s a launch event as part of Birmingham Literature Festival on Sunday 9th October, at Waterstones Birmingham. It runs from 2-3pm, with a selection of stories being performed live by writers including William Gallagher, Liz Kershaw and Fiona Joseph, and me!
You can find out more and book tickets here.
I was ridiculously thrilled to be invited to speak at TEDxDerby on Saturday 21st May. The idea I’m spreading is…
Can you rediscover your city through the power of stories?
I’ll be talking about my Storymaps project, which ties in perfectly with this year’s theme of Journeys. There’s such a brilliant and varied list of speakers, and I can’t wait to hear all of their takes on the theme, too. I think it’s going to be an absolutely mindblowing day!